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I have an old Vostro 1700 which had Windows 7 installed on it. One of my laptops went down, so I brought this one back out of the attic. The person who is going to use it needed a clean install of Windows. So I backed up all the data that it had, then went to format it in Windows. For some reason, that failed and Windows could no longer mount the drive.

I figured I would try using the clean install option that comes in the Windows 7 install disk. That failed too. Now I'm stuck with a drive which can't be formatted with Windows. Any suggestions on what I should do to get this drive running?

It has 3 partitions: 1 OEM partition (don't know the size), one 10GB, and one 288GB. I'm pretty sure that it is ok if the partitions get deleted. The worst case scenario is that I have to use the original hard drive that came with the laptop.

P.S. I was thinking about DBAN, but I don't need such a secure erase. Just something that wipes the drive for a new install.
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Can you pop in the Windows install disk and run it?

if so
  1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD/USB
  2. After booting you see the Install Windows 7 screen, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, Type diskpart, press Enter
  4. Type list disk, press Enter
  5. Type select disk 0 (or whichever number it turns out to be), press Enter
  6. Type clean, press Enter
  7. Type create partition primary align=4096 (1024 is default), press Enter
  8. Type format quick fs=ntfs, press Enter
  9. Type active, press Enter
  10. Type exit, press Enter

That will leave you with a nice clean ntfs partition the full size of the drive.
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Yeah, I can get to the install screen. I'll go do that now. +REP!
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Very good post Sean!
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If that doesnt work, and you havent destroyed the recovery partition yet, you can revert back to factory settings by using PC Restore. Hold CTRL + F11 at the Dell splash screen.

If your recovery partition is damaged or destroyed from a format, you wont be able to use this feature.
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Looks like it worked. Installing now.

Windows recognized it as a single disk without any partitions. I'll update this thread once everything is installed correctly.

Thanks!
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Although I got Windows 7 to install, none of the drivers would work. I guess the problem is that I tried a 64-bit install of Windows instead of a 32-bit. I lost my install disk for the 32-bit, so I'll email Microsoft to see if they will open up my electronic download again to get that copy back.
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