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    I have Windows 7 installed in C: and I have Windows XP installed in D:
    I enter D: but I don't succeed in formatting C: . How can do that?
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    Master Boot Record or whatever... Doesn't D boot from C if C was there first?
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    The question is why you want to do that.

    If it is simply to reinstall Win7 you boot up with the installation disk. That has options to format the partition or drive. But you could end up losing your XP as well. That depends on how you also installed XP in the first place.
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    As a followup to DB83, you could tell if your system allows straight booting to D: (WinXP) if you REMOVE the other drive and it still boots. Then, you might be free to boot from install disc and format C:, otherwise, you should not do anything - your best bet then is to have backed up BOTH systems, wiped clean both systems, and re-installed the one(s) you want.

    There are tools that can operate on MBR/GPT/etc., but if you are asking in a site like this about that, you are not ready to use those tools!

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    Originally Posted by Cornucopia View Post
    There are tools that can operate on MBR/GPT/etc., but if you are asking in a site like this about that, you are not ready to use those tools!
    He asks this kind of unusual Windows question all the time. At this point I think warning him is a waste of time because previous warnings haven't stopped him.
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    I enter D: but I don't succeed in formatting C: . How can do that?
    Perhaps if you were enter C: and not D:. Maybe you meant you booted to XP on the D: and then could not format the C:.

    Then there is a tendency to mix up hard drives vs partitions.

    When I want to mess around with a windows partition I use a LINUX live disc. Ubunto will format an NTFS drive just fine.

    I am not fond of Ubunto's new interface. Why do people whine about Windows 8 and say they like Ubunto? But I do find the live CDs to be very useful for partitioning.
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    Originally Posted by pandy View Post
    Again, one shouldn't put powerful weapons like that in the hands of someone who is not yet ready to wield them properly. And we know the OP is not yet ready by the manner in which the question was put.

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    Again, one shouldn't put powerful weapons like that in the hands of someone who is not yet ready to wield them properly. And we know the OP is not yet ready by the manner in which the question was put.

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    You can't order people to be happy - it doesn't work - if someone want be unhappy this is his choice - i respect this and i'm against censoring information and knowledge.
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    Not providing the instructions and/or wisdom along with the means, now who's censoring?

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    I suppose any tool, even Windows itself, in the wrong hands can cause grief. As for Windows, to its credit, it will not allow you to format the active/default/boot partition ie it will not allow you to delete yourself.

    But maybe, just maybe, the OP did find a way to do it and now can not understand why he no longer has any access to his PC
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    You can't order people to be happy - it doesn't work - if someone want be unhappy this is his choice - i respect this and i'm against censoring information and knowledge.
    ROTLMFAO, stop it. It hurts!
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  12. Wouldn't Windows assigned the drive letter C: to the drive of the OS that's booted up? You would have to see what drive letter is assigned to the drive you want to format.
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    When I install Windows XP on C:, during the installation there is an option to format C:
    Why isn't there the same possibility with the installation of Windows 7 ?
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    Originally Posted by Jomapil View Post
    When I install Windows XP on C:, during the installation there is an option to format C:
    Why isn't there the same possibility with the installation of Windows 7 ?
    It is there. Don't remember the exact wording now but on the screen you see something like 'Drive Options'. Click on it and then you get various options one of which is to format the partition.

    But you still fail to answer the basic questions as to why you want to do this or how XP is installed else without care you could lose that as well.
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  15. It's been awhile since I did a fresh install of Windows 7. If I remember correctly you should get the option to format the drive or the drive gets formatted automatically. If you do install Windows 7 backup any files you don't want to lose first. You might lose the ability to boot to Windows XP.
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    Originally Posted by DB83 View Post
    Originally Posted by Jomapil View Post
    When I install Windows XP on C:, during the installation there is an option to format C:
    Why isn't there the same possibility with the installation of Windows 7 ?
    It is there. Don't remember the exact wording now but on the screen you see something like 'Drive Options'. Click on it and then you get various options one of which is to format the partition.

    But you still fail to answer the basic questions as to why you want to do this or how XP is installed else without care you could lose that as well.
    The speed is a little slow and, due to anothers installations, there are some files Windows.old, windows.old.001, etc. that I canīt erase completely and I think I solve these problems this way.
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    Not providing the instructions and/or wisdom along with the means, now who's censoring?

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    Everything is there - read FAQ - i can't add anything more.
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    Yip. Those files are there since you did not pay close attention when you re-installed Win7 and it has created a backup of the previous installation.

    Just watch the screens carefully and, as I said above, the format option is there.
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    Thanks to everyone.
    Now I know how to format when doing a new installation of Windows 7.
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  20. Hi Jomapil ,

    Take your HDD(A) , OUT from your computer .

    Put it in an "other PC(2)" , as 'SLAVE' .
    Run the "other PC(2)" , go to 'Gestionnaire des disques' (in french) .

    EDIT : Thanks to 'p_l'
    Run the "other PC(2)" , go to 'Disk Management'

    Search for your HDD(A) .
    Now you can do a format (NTFS) of partition(s) .

    Formatting in fat32 it's an other way ( easy ) .

    Cheers .
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    Azerty to qwerty translation: Gestionnaire des disques = Disk Management
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