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Sorry to bump the thread guys but i have a quick question on the part where it asks where you want to install Windows. I want to format the drive, so do i delete all the the partitions and then format? Do i need to create new partitions? Its just this bit im not sure on. Im formating and reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop atm so i have only 1 HDD. Thanks .
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Sorry to bump the thread guys but i have a quick question on the part where it asks where you want to install Windows. I want to format the drive, so do i delete all the the partitions and then format? Do i need to create new partitions? Its just this bit im not sure on. Im formating and reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop atm so i have only 1 HDD. Thanks .
Click these in this order: Delete, New, Format. Confirm each choice by saying that you are sure.

After that, click Next to begin installing Windows.

If you have more than one partition, then only select the partion(s) that you are sure that you don't want anymore.
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Sorry to bump the thread guys but i have a quick question on the part where it asks where you want to install Windows. I want to format the drive, so do i delete all the the partitions and then format? Do i need to create new partitions? Its just this bit im not sure on. Im formating and reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop atm so i have only 1 HDD. Thanks .
Just format the primary partition. There are probably backup partitions on your hdd so don't delete that one. The primary partition is usually the biggest size.
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Thanks, just wanted to double check as i have seen vids of other people doing it and they delete all the partitions.

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Click these in this order: Delete, New, Format. Confirm each choice by saying that you are sure.

After that, click Next to begin installing Windows.

If you have more than one partition, then only select the partion(s) that you are sure that you don't want anymore.

Even if i have only one that says for example "Disk 0 Unallocated A Space", i should still press delete?
Edited by 8564dan - 7/2/11 at 3:47pm
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Thanks, just wanted to double check as i have seen vids of other people doing it and they delete all the partitions.
That's because they don't want those partitions anymore. You have to know what you want and don't want.

So here are some questions you need to know the answers to:
  1. How many partitions do you have?
  2. Which one(s) do you want to keep?
  3. Which one(s) do you want to delete?
  4. How many partitions do you want to have before you start installing Windows?

I mean, it's all up to you.
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Thanks, just wanted to double check as i have seen vids of other people doing it and they delete all the partitions.




Even if i have only one that says for example "Disk 0 Unallocated A Space", i should still press delete?
Yeah, even if there's only one selectable drive or partition. It's more thorough this way.
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That's because they don't want those partitions anymore. You have to know what you want and don't want.

So here are some questions you need to know the answers to:
  1. How many partitions do you have?
  2. Which one(s) do you want to keep?
  3. Which one(s) do you want to delete?
  4. How many partitions do you want to have before you start installing Windows?

I mean, it's all up to you.
Ok thanks alot. I understand now. To check all my partitions i guess i am doing it right:

Click start
Right Click Computer
Click Manage
Click Disk Management

Just making sure that this is the best way to view all the partitions i have. Im not sure how the company installed Windows 7 on the laptop so i would like to know what (if any) partitions i have.
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LOL, so do I

Don't do it through windows so you end up with the Windows.old folder... I noticed it saves so many useless files. I had several Gigs of stuff I didn't want at all left over the one time I did that.

I think the best way to do it with no problem is to back up all of your files and setups for any programs you want to keep. Completely reformat the drive, repartition it to desired sizes, and do a fresh install.

Remember to install your drivers before anything else when it's done.
Yea here's a tip, backup your bookmarks, make a folder and download EVERY important driver such as mouse drivers,keyboard,video card drivers or ANY programs you use for daily use so you don't have to waste time googling it Saves time!
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BUMP AND UPDATE Thanks to everyone who helped on this thread. I have now formatted and reinstalled on both my laptop and main rig and everything seems OK.

On my main rig, i ran into an annoyance when after i installed Windows, i put the motherboard dvd in to install the drivers. I clicked the option to install all the drivers needed and i ended up in DOS (i think) to create a disc?? It was asking me insert a floopy into drive A and i dont even have a floppy drive lol. I couldnt get out for a while, it was an infinite loop whether i pressed abort, fail, ignore etc... I took the dvd out and reset the computer and everything went 'normal' again . Just updating and installing sound card drivers. 11.6 gpu driver still gives me BSOD but im just gonna stick with 11.5 and i have already made another thread on that.

So once again, thanks for all your help!
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