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So as most of you know I am building a new (and very first) Budget gaming PC. I am re-using my 320GB Hitachi SATA HDD, running Windows Vista. I have ordered Windows 7 for my new build and I want to completely wipe the HDD to start fresh, but it won't let me because it is my only drive and it would render the computer basically useless if I formatted it since it would delete Vista (I hate Vista). It is in my Mini HP Slimline. So how can i format it? I don't have any other SATA HDD (All IDEs) and my Mobo has a IDE connecter, but since the case is a Mini, it is blocked by the Power supply. The only other computers are IDEs, A Mac Mini Desktop, a MacBook, and three Toshiba Laptops, which have a E-Sata port but I have no cord for it. And I totally screwed?? I can't afford another HDD until Pay Day, and then I'd have to buy it when i don't need it, and I'd have to wait for it to ship, mean while my new computer won't get built. Is there a way to get around this and just format it? I don't care that it will render the computer useless, I'm taking the DVD drive and the HDD out anyway. The parts are supposed to be here tomorrow so any help tonight would be immensely appreciated!
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post #2 of 11
When you install Windows 7, it gives you the option to format the HDD (wipe everything, install W7).
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Like Mugabug said or you can use a power supply to power the HDD and format the drive with your laptop via the eSATA.

A quick format is good enough if you know your HDD is in good shape. A full format checks the drive for bad sectors and "erases" data.
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So instead of just wiping it now, I could just instal in onto my computer, and when I go to instal Win 7 it will give me the option to format it? Just making sure I understand correctly.
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So instead of just wiping it now, I could just instal in onto my computer, and when I go to instal Win 7 it will give me the option to format it? Just making sure I understand correctly.
pretty much, then jsut after its wiped it jsut install OS
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Yeah man as long as you're not using an upgrade version you don't need a previous version of windows, just pop in 7 and when you get to the install screen, there will be a more advanced options button or something on the right, then it will give you the choice to format. Personally, I just delete the whole thing and make a new raw one.

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post #7 of 11
Be careful with Vista / Windows 7 on the 'format' options. They don't completely delete the 100MB hidden partition if you just format the existing larger partition which can create problems down the line.

Your best bet to fully do what you want is to get a copy of:

Bart PE
Hiren's BCD
Win98/XP Startup Disk
Live Linux (any flavor of Linux) CD/USB
DBAN
etc...

All of those will boot from the drive/disk and allow you to completely format the drive.
    
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Also on the Win7 option, you can choose to delete a drive. I do this. Then i click create new and give it the full amount.
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Yeah man as long as you're not using an upgrade version you don't need a previous version of windows, just pop in 7 and when you get to the install screen, there will be a more advanced options button or something on the right, then it will give you the choice to format. Personally, I just delete the whole thing and make a new raw one.

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This made me lol'. Yeah it is a OEM version of windows 7 so it should be fine. Thanks you guys I thought I was gonna have to use my next paycheck, which I need for clothes xD The entire OCN community has been insanely supportive and helpful! Couldn't do this without you guys, or Cary Holzman's 2 hour YouTube video on how to build a gaming computer xD I've downloaded and watched that thing 4 times.
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Let us know how it works out!
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