I had a computer running windows 7. I then upgraded all my hardware except my hard drive, and I'm trying to reinstall windows 7. I believe this is the recommended thing to do.
With the new hardware installed, I am able to run my previous Windows 7 installation at the moment. I have a windows 7 iso file to use, but the problem is I do not have an optical drive. I appear to have missed that latest motherboards abandoned the IDE interface in favour of SATA so I'm waiting on the delivery of some new parts which could take 3-4 weeks.
I also am aware you can use a USB stick. Unfortuntely, I only have several 2GB sticks, which are too small.
I have tried running the setup from within windows. However, I am unable to partition the hard drive during installation and I end up keeping all my files after a 'fresh' install.
I was wondering if anyone had some ideas that I could try.
edit- does anyone know If I run the installation from a different hard drive, that I can partition and format the other one?