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I had some really nasty viruses infect one of our computers at work. I have taken the computer home and am doing some work on it during my free time. If I am able to fix the laptop, I have been told it is mine.

I couldn't get any safe mode to boot, and have tried and troubleshot that, I decided today to try a fresh installation of Windows 7 (previously a vista machine). I chose to do a fresh installation and somewhere during the installation I get a failure, prompting me to reboot, and then the cycle continues, error, reboot, error, reboot.

I went to do a full re-install of windows, but since the previous one is there, i don't have the necessary hard drive space.

Is there anyway I can wipe the entire hard-drive and just start over completely fresh with nothing on the pc?

thanks in advance, I am kind of a noob at solving problems like this
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format it.
http://www.tech-faq.com/format-hard-drive.html

EDIT: i hope that links helpfull, i didnt even read it
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Boot up with the Windows disk then format the drive. Reboot and then try reinstalling.
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Originally Posted by bfe_vern View Post
boot up with the windows disk then format the drive. Reboot and then try reinstalling.
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As mentioned, format the drive when installing from DVD.

If you continue to encounter errors, you could have a laptop with damaged components, or a scratched installation disc.
    
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why don't you connect the laptops HDD to your pc and format it via my computer? and then install it back in to the laptop and install 7?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trojan92 View Post
why don't you connect the laptops HDD to your pc and format it via my computer? and then install it back in to the laptop and install 7?
I would not want to plug a virus ridden HDD into my system. Plus you would need an enclosure to power up and adapt the connection. Unless it is an old Mac (snicker snicker target mode).

If it won't format from the install disc, you probably have a bad HDD.
    
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