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Tutorial: How to reformat your hard drive and install/reinstall Windows

By korrupt ยท 52 replies
Jul 5, 2006
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  1. Teng

    Teng TS Rookie

    Thank you for your explanation.

    Thanks howard_hopkinso for the explanation.
    This will come in handy for me because I have
    2 computers to fiddle.

    So far non have given me any trouble.

  2. wowaza

    wowaza TS Rookie

    It's fine now. Thank you for your help :)
  3. Cregeorgia

    Cregeorgia TS Rookie

    um i had one question my cd drive on my computer is broken so is there another way to redownload the windows like use a usb drive?
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,679

    Just get a new cd rom drive, they are really really cheap nowadays.
  5. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 232

    If you dont have the money to buy a cd drive, try and borrow one from someone.
  6. smoke banshee

    smoke banshee TS Rookie

    I tried to reformat my computer today, and when I got to the point where I would start formatting my drive and reinstalling Windows, a message to the extent of "no hard disk detected on your computer" appeared. Am I now the proud owner of a dying hard drive, or is there a solution to this?
  7. Johnnie Y

    Johnnie Y TS Rookie

    Still Need Help

    Been trying your tutorial but still am having problems. I changed the BIOS to start with the CD Drive, but as it goes through the startup I see "Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM: NONE ", then goes to "Please select the operating systme to start: MS Windows XP Professional or MS Windows 2000 Professionsl" and proceeds to start without the CD turning on. Need help.

    Johnnie Y
  8. Ksenia

    Ksenia TS Rookie

    i wish i read this tutorial few weeks ago))
  9. Ray B

    Ray B TS Rookie Posts: 41

    thanks for all the help, but I have another question, is C drive the only one to get reformatted? is D drive not necessary to be reformatted???

    I have the win xp pro cd, but dont have the cd that came with the PC, will I lose all the original stuff that came with the PC when I bought it?

    If I understand this right, Im supposed to save Spybot, Adaware and firewall on a CD before starting the reformat???


  10. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,679

    A format will only do your c: unless you get it to do d: too. So anything you wish to keep will be safe on your d:.
  11. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 867   +12

    If you installed programs on D drive they will not work anymore when you format C because all the registry entries that allow the program to run will be gone.
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 21,238   +17

    Computer questions/problems are not supposed to be posted in this forum.

    If you have any questions pertaining to any of the topics in this forum, open a new thread in the appropriate forum and ask. I.E for this topic, questions should probably be posted in our Windows OS forum.

    Thread closed.

    Regards Howard :)
  13. lowrider03

    lowrider03 TS Rookie

    How to format your hard drive and install Windows XP from scratch

    These are the best instructions on the net, thank you so much! The step by step worked perfectly!
  14. dohayoussef123

    dohayoussef123 TS Rookie

    No Audio Device

    Hey there. Thank you so much for the step by step on how to format the computer. After I formatted the computer, I realised that the audio device is not present and I cannot hear anything. How can I retrieve the audio device. Please reply soon and thank you!
  15. rickct

    rickct TS Rookie

    Format/Reinstall Win 7

    Will this tutorial work for Win 7 and, if not, what modifications are necessary?
    Thanks for your help.
  16. domrix004

    domrix004 TS Rookie


    I have a questions sirs',..
    If i will reformat my laptop.. the OS will also be removed? even though it is built in,, because when i bought my laptop.. it already had a Operating system which is W7,,. and now.. i would want to reformat my laptop....

    Thanks a lot to whomever you are that's going to help me...=))
  17. joeretired

    joeretired TS Rookie

    I'm in the process of reinstalling XP sp3. Ran into a snag about product key. I had to order a license key. The interesting part about this is the saleswoman told me that when you replace a hard drive as I did, and try the old product key, the mother board indicates that it is invalid, and that a new license is needed. I'm not sure if this true or not but I offer this up in case anyone is fighting the same battle.
  18. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,359   +603

    Simply replacing the hard drive should not require a new product key. BTW, this information probably doesn't belong in this tutorial thread.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,686   +3,841

    Yeah well, it's hard to find good help these days. The reverse is true with pre-built computers and OEM product keys. If the motherboard fails, the corresponding copy of Windows dies with it. Unless, it is replaced with an OEM board of the exact same type, from the original manufacturer. Restore discs will install the OS into whatever HDD it finds, in either IDE Channel 0 master, or the SATA 0 port of the mobo. (Dependend obviously, on the type of HDD interface in use).

    One issue you can run into with "tatooed" OEM boards, is sometimes they won't accept a standard Windows disc foe an install, but rather require the factory issued "restore discs", for the exact same model.
  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    What is the make/model of your notebook? Chances are it may contain a recovery partition containing OS with factory defaults on it, so if this is the case, you can simply use prescribed system recovery and follow the steps described in their material.
  21. aungmoe

    aungmoe TS Rookie

    Install Windows 7 on XP laptop

    If I would like to reformat my hard drive of the laptop, running Windows XP and install Windows 7, shall I follow the same steps or are there any different steps?
  22. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    If you have a legal copy of Windows 7, there is no issue with going ahead and formating your HDD then installing the OS.

    However, please ensure that you have backed up all your necessary data before proceeding with the formating and installation.
  23. hyp40

    hyp40 TS Rookie

    Stuck in reinstall Windows XP

    I have followed your instructions - which have been very clear. I am currently stuck as it says "Display Settings - To improve the appearance of visual elements, Windows will automatically adjust your screen resolution." I can't press the OK button as my wireless mouse and keyboard stopped working during the reinstall. Help please!!
  24. BigBadBob

    BigBadBob TS Rookie

    Bob Roe

    I am relatively novice and trying to reformat an XP hardrive.

    The instructions are fabulous, but I get lost # the Format instruction after hitting ENTER to install Windows on "the unpartitioned space" and do not understand (ntfs) nothing comes up to guide fromatting.

  25. joe_schmoe_64

    joe_schmoe_64 TS Rookie

    Unique question then: I was trying a system recovery, but the recovery was interrupted midway by a power outage. :( Now I can't get anything in terms of recovery to really work because of apparently corrupted HDD data. Is there a way to reformat/completely wipe the HDD w/o the use of the parent computer, and without messing up another CPU?

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