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i wanted to delete my laptop hard drive and reinstall the os that came on the media with the laptop originally.

i booted from the windows disk and reinstalled windows but this did not delete my hard drive and even worse it made a windows.old folder with all my old junk on my c drive

how do i get a clean/ deleted c drive with new install of my os?

i have a small 120 Gig solid state hard drive with just one partition. i would like to create two partitions on the new install.

my main issue is not being able to get a clean install such that the result is a pure windows laptop with no junk files that have accumulated over time.

please advise.

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Check out Gparted. Should do the trick for you.

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ok i want to keep it simple so lets not partition and just remove everything and start from a clean windows install – kacalapy Jan 9 '11 at 0:45
Then you're at the mercy of your Windows disk. – Jeffrey Taylor Jan 9 '11 at 0:46
@Jeffrey Taylor, DBAN, or another disk-wipe utility would be much simpler and basically do the same thing. – Zoredache Jan 9 '11 at 0:58
@Zoredache, I don't really consider Gparted to be much more complicated than DBAN. Frankly, DBAN can be pretty intense for a newbie. My recommendation stands. – Jeffrey Taylor Jan 9 '11 at 1:00

Download DBAN, do a quick erase of the disks, which will overwrite everything with zeros.

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after using dban will i be able to boot to cd and install windows? – kacalapy Jan 9 '11 at 0:59
wont running dban erase dban itself? can i get a link on how to run it? – kacalapy Jan 9 '11 at 1:00
Download the ISO, burn to a CD, boot it up. On then menu choose quick erase. Since it is on a CD, it can't erase itself. – Zoredache Jan 9 '11 at 8:07

Even doing a clean install, you'll still have a windows.old folder as it contains folders and files from your previous iteration of Windows. It is possible to delete it, however, by typing in Disk Cleanup in the search bar in the Start menu.

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During a Windows install, doesn't it give you the option of formatting the drive before installing the OS on it? – martineau Jan 9 '11 at 11:53

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