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Creating a bootable CD for Vista...

by cgarrity / May 25, 2011 5:19 PM PDT

I would like to be able to boot from a CD in order to reformat a laptop hard drive before installing Vista.

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Re: formatting
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 25, 2011 5:25 PM PDT

Not clear what you want to and why.

The Vista install DVD lets you partition and format the disk as part of the installation. So there's no need to have another CD to format.


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That's what I thought, but...
by cgarrity / May 27, 2011 4:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: formatting

First, this is not my computer. I'm trying to help my sister recover her laptop. Apparently it came with Vista, but someone put XP on it, destroying the Vista recovery partition.

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When I want a clean install I boot up GPARTED.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2011 4:30 AM PDT

It's small, has a GUI and I can delete the partitions on that drive.


Why? I want a CLEAN install.

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Thanks Bob...
by cgarrity / May 27, 2011 9:15 AM PDT

You're da MAN. Never heard of GPARTED, but I just took a look at it and it sounds exactly like what I wanted to do. Rather than give the computer back to my sister in it's present condition, I'm going to gpart it and then reinstall Vista as there is definitely something haywire with it right now.

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It's like they tell you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2011 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Bob...

Pick the tool for the job.

I find this one to be one of the handy things to reach in and perform this action without much fuss.

PS. Tell us how it turns out?
PPS. And thanks for the kind words.

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