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Formatting OS hard Drive


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#1 Codered

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 10:27 AM

I am attempting to reformat my laptop that has windows vista installed on it because it is infested with virus after virus after virus.. How do I go about formatting the Disk Partition 3 OS (C:)? It has 99.2 GB Total and only 43.2 GB Free Space. I read online that you cant format a partition that your currently using, so how do I format it?

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 10:32 AM

Boot to the OS CD and the installation routine will begin. Early on you'll be given the option to format before installing.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 10:55 AM

ok I am in the middle of reinstalling from the OS disc. I am back to choosing which partition to install Windows onto and I chose the partition I stated in my previous post [(C:)]. A message popped up basically saying "You will be able to access the info in Windows.old, but you will not be able to use you previous version of Windows".

Is the formatting for that partition ahead of this step?

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:07 AM

You need to BOOT to the cd - do not try to install from within the OS

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 11:17 AM

yes.. i did what you told me.. i went into the bios, removed all other boot options except for the CD option. I did and currently am booting to the cd. so with that said.


While I am booting with the cd, it has asked me "Where do you want to install Windows?" If I were to choose "Disk 0 Partition 3 OS", will the formatting for that appear ahead of this step?

I have not seen the formatting option yet.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:32 PM

should i install it to partition 2 recovery (D:)? then once that is installed, boot to that drive, then format the OS partition. than install back to the OS partition and format the recovery partition? if this makes sense or is even possible.. i have no idea

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:48 PM

No, don't install to the recovery partition. You should have an option to format and install to c: drive, which should be your system partition.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:54 PM

I havent seen any option to format. right now it is installing. it is at "expanding files" 85%.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:59 PM

Are you using an original Vista CD?

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 02:04 PM

yea the one that came with the computer 5 or so years ago.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 02:07 PM

It's a Vista disk and not a recovery disk, correct? If so, when you boot to it you have to see an option to format before installing.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 02:17 PM

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d93/lordexcalibur/SANY2467.jpg

that is the cd i am using

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 02:28 PM

Well, I admit to being a little confused. You say you are booting to the disc (and I believe you), but you aren't seeing the options to delete partitions or format. I'm at a loss - I'd love to be in front of your system right now.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 02:37 PM

yea sorry im not much help either. It seems to have completed the installation. Though the OS drive in My Computer shows 39.7GB free of 99.2GB, im not sure if that is normal.

Now do I run the Install utilities and drivers cd?

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 02:39 PM

here is all the screens that i saw
http://howtoformatacomputer.com/format-windows-vista
except for the product key screen.




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