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Vista format

by gaz237 / July 21, 2009 8:05 AM PDT

Good evening all

I have HP laptop running vista home premium. I want to completely reformat the hard drive wipeing out all data. I have done this before but now where i would normally click to reformat it has now been greyed out. I would be grateful for any advice. many thanks

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i think you need
by slowglyder / July 21, 2009 8:28 AM PDT
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to insert the cd/dvd to do that

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vista reformat
by gaz237 / July 21, 2009 8:34 AM PDT
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It never came with cd,s everything is preloaded. The last time i reformatted it i just clicked the button which is greyed out now

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You can't use Vista to format the Vista drive
by Jonmor68 / July 21, 2009 9:14 AM PDT
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formatting deletes all data on the drive and the operating system can not delete itself.
If you still have your restore partition you can use it to do a destructive restore, deleting all data and restoring to as new when you purchased it.
Make sure to backup all your files that you don't wont to loose before proceeding.

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by gaz237 / July 21, 2009 9:37 AM PDT

Yes that sounds like what i want to do. Problem is the formatt is greyed out, so how do i go about doing what you said? Many thanks

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(NT) The process is model-specific. (Cite the model number.)
by John.Wilkinson / July 21, 2009 9:45 AM PDT
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HP pavillion dv6700
by gaz237 / July 21, 2009 10:06 AM PDT

HP pavillion dv6700

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The dv6000 line has a disk to disk restore feature.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 10:50 AM PDT
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by gaz237 / July 21, 2009 11:03 AM PDT

will try that tomorrow thanks again

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re reformat
by gaz237 / July 22, 2009 2:10 AM PDT
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Have tried to make restore discs today and all i get is. "the recovery partion could not be found exit pc recovery disc creator and contact HP support.

Also tried restore pc to its original condition with hp recovery manager from within windows vista. It says it will reboot which it does then it says carry on when it comes back. When it comes back it has not moved on and i reopen recovery manager and it just does the same. HELP please or will i have to contact HP

I know i can do start and F 11 but i,m reluctant to in case of total crash.

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Looks like someone has deleted, formatted or
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2009 2:42 AM PDT
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Altered partitions already. At this point you order the restore media since you don't have a way to recover without them.

Worth every dime of the 35 bucks I paid them last time.

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