Format drive without CD-ROM

By Lunny
May 18, 2010
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  1. Hi everyone :wave:

    Is it possible to format a HDD without a cd? I heard that you could use your flash drive to install a new OS, or even your HDD.

    Any explanation on how to do that would be great.
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    What do CD's have to do with wiping a harddrive?
    Yes you can install an OS with a flash drive. You boot into a properly configured flash drive and simply install the same way you would with a CD.
    Are you looking for a tutorial?
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,000   +11

    i think he's looking for tutorial. :)

    anyway, if you're installing on older computer, which does not have "USB boot" in the BIOS menu, you must plug the USB flash drive first, then it will show as harddrive in the boot priority page. i've been looking anywhere when i installed my old laptop using this method.
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TechSpot Booster Posts: 527

    yes you can. it would be helpful if you post your PC specs
  5. webscaper

    webscaper Newcomer, in training Posts: 51

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  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    Kind of silly considering you need to install an OS first.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,578   +863

    Why is it that nobody ever has their Windows CD...?
  8. webscaper

    webscaper Newcomer, in training Posts: 51

    hellokitty[hk],

    The presumption was that he wanted to install a new OS without a cd rom. I assumed he meant from XP or Vista to Windows 7 and that he was posting from the said computer. You may be right that he is posting from one computer and intends to install an OS on another computer that does not already have an OS installed.

    Nevertheless, if he does not have the ability to boot from a USB drive, he would need a virtual cd drive from an already existing Windows installation. I can think of no other way.
  9. Lunny

    Lunny Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have XP installled already. Forgot to mention that.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,578   +863

    Then what you meant was not exactly "format", but create a new partition for a dual boot system...?
  11. Lunny

    Lunny Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Hmm i've always called it Format, a fresh install of an OS.
     
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,417   +215

    Format and installing an operating system are two different things, hence the confusion in some of the posts in this thread.
  13. webscaper

    webscaper Newcomer, in training Posts: 51

    The first thing you need to do is re-partition your hard drive exactly the way you want it. Use Partition Wizard Home Edition it is free: http://www.partitionwizard.com/.
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,351   +122

    Of course you can't do that if you don't have an OS previously installed.

    Installing off a USB isn't much more useful, in fact it is exactly the same, except you need to boot into a USB instead of a CD-drive.
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