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Completely formatting an HDD on a laptop..?

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October 25, 2010 12:15:11 AM

Hey guys, so my dad got a work laptop and I'd like to completely format this HDD (I have permission of course)

Ill be moving any crucial documents and all that good stuff over

I have a Windows 7 CD, I dont wanna upgrade, I want a fresh install without all this sh!t on it :p 

So how would I go about in reformatting this hard drive completely and installing W7?

Thanks for your time

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October 26, 2010 3:08:11 AM

It sounds like you want a clean install, using MS's W7 up grade for XP. You do that by loading the CD, and on the intro screen, select "Custom install" in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. You may also wish to install without the CD key - you can enter the key after you install W7 to activate your installation after you have it tweaked.

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a b G Storage
October 26, 2010 5:23:56 AM

Boot with the W7 disk and choose custom as treefrog said.
When you use the custom install option that gives you the option to use the disk tools to format, create and delete partitions.
The validation is done during the boot process, so don't try to format before running W7 setup.
November 1, 2010 11:55:58 PM

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