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Windows 7 doesn't have disk formatting?


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#1 printerandink

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:43 PM

Is it normal for 7 to not have to format the disk?

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:50 PM

Sorry - what are we talking about? I don't understand your question at all.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:03 PM

When you upload 7 to a new disk, is it not supposed to format the disk? I remember wtih xp it had different ways of formatting the disk.

And by disk I mean hard disk.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:24 AM

And by disk I mean hard disk.

Do you attach the hard disk as a secondary drive by a computer with already an operating system or do you mean you want to reinstall a new drive with win 7?

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:29 AM

And by disk I mean hard disk.

Do you attach the hard disk as a secondary drive by a computer with already an operating system or do you mean you want to reinstall a new drive with win 7?



While the understandable lack of "industry euphemism" makes this one hard to decipher, it sounds as though he tried to do an install of Windows 7 and during the install process he did not format the partition on which he installed it.



IF That is the case, then the reason why the disk did not get formatted is because you didn't tell it to. Windows Vista/7 will only prompt for a reformat if there is not enough available space on the drive to accomodate the installation.


Example:

Windows XP machine with 1 TB Hard drive, only 30% (300 gb) used.

You put in windows 7 disk and boot to it

Select partition for installation

At this point, the setup application only sees that the disk you want to install it on has plenty of extra space, and therefore does not insist that you format it. If you just went through this (reinstall of windows) then I would recommend backing up your data and doing the installation again, this time selecting the "Advanced" tab on the hard disk page of the operating system installation, choose the hard drive you want (your C: drive) and then select "Format". Rememeber, this will erase all data on the disk, so backup any personal documents/files that you have before attempting this.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:59 AM

When you upload 7 to a new disk, is it not supposed to format the disk? I remember wtih xp it had different ways of formatting the disk.

And by disk I mean hard disk.


Please, let's start at the very beginning. Please tell us EXACTLY what you are doing step by step. Right now we're just guessing. Thank you.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:12 PM

I was talking about installing 7 on a totally new hard disk. I don't recall being asked to choose between NTSC or anything else, but I do recall a black screen with a gray progress bar at the bottom.

So, I'm wondering, does 7 format the disk at all?

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

Boot to the Windows DVD. It will walk you through what you need to do step by step. If you want a walk through, go here:

http://www.howtonew.com/how-to-install-windows-7-from-scratch




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