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by sagit5212 / September 8, 2012 7:13 AM PDT

How do I format the hard drive? OP system is vista

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Formatting is simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2012 7:20 AM PDT
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Boot some OS or other CD, then format the drive. But some folk want more than the formatting. That is, did you want to have Windows work after this? That's more than formatting. That's installing the OS.

To accomplish that varies with the machine, what OS media you have so let's get you the tool I can format anything with next.

-> http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
Bob

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Re: formatting
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 8, 2012 7:19 AM PDT
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After formatting the hard drive, it's empty. Your laptop of PC can't be used, except as a brick. If that's what you want, I'll tell you how to do that. But as a brick it's just as useful in its current (formatted) state, so it's a completely needless step.

If you want something else, please explain what you want.

Kees

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GPARTED warning
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 8, 2012 7:28 AM PDT
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Using that program is somewhat risky. If there's a recovery partition on your hard drive, AND by accident you delete or format that, AND you forgot to make the recovery DVD's yourself, then you'll either have to buy replacement disks (if still available), or a full OS disk, or install Linux.

That might not be what you want. So take care!

Kees

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