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Clean install of Windows 8 onto SSD

If I perform a clean install of Windows using the native 'Remove everything and reinstall Windows' option with Windows 8, do I have the option as to what drive I install it onto? So, for example, when ...
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WD My Passport Reformat

My WD has run out of space. I have deleted all the files on it, but doing this did not free up space; it is still at capacity. Thus, I was thinking reformatting the drive might purge all the old ...
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How to reformat a USB drive with “no file system”?

I have a flash drive I got as some sort of promotion and just for the heck of it I tried to erase it and use it for my purposes. However there is nothing I could do to reformer, erase, zero out, etc ...
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Will reformatting my computer with windows 8 wipeout both internal hard drives?

Will reformatting my computer with windows 8 wipeout both internal hard drives? Main one is C:/, and secondary one is D:/ If it only wipes out primary drive, will D:/ remain unchanged, and be a good ...
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Samsung Laptop cannot read my bootable disc

I have a Samsung Series 5 laptop (NP530U4C). I want to format it and install Ubuntu 12 LTS. I can access the BIOS and set the hard disk priority but it does not detect my bootable disc on startup. How ...
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How do I remove these errors that can't be deleted?

I received a call from "Microsoft Tech Support" people saying they've received over 500 error messages from my computer in the last three days, and after some over the phone step-by-step instructions, ...
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Hard drive will not boot, does not show up in BIOS

When I turned on my computer today, I received the message "missing operating system." Since I have a backup of all my files, I don't care if they all get erased, so I put in my recovery disk, which ...
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What is the best way to partition your drive? [closed]

I was perusing a forum and someone said they were able to partition their hard drive where one partition has their OS and program files while the other partition only has data. I was curious as to ...
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How can I make a backup of my factory-new computer? [duplicate]

I recently got a new computer. I want to do a backup of everything and save it on an empty disc. So that if in future my computer fails, I can just use this disc and re-install Windows, all my drivers ...
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reformat laptop using a different windows disc

My Dad's old laptop is pretty slow and old and he got a new one, so I thought I'd reformat it and reinstall windows. However he can't find the original disc it came with. The laptop is currently ...
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Windows Installation Setup won't Start

I just formatted and installed windows 7 in my asus laptop and error appears when installation is on going, because of this I decided to shut down my laptop and install again windows 7 but the setup ...
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Erase all traces of Windows 8

Just bought a new HP pavilion desktop with Windows 8. I wish to totally remove Windows 8 and all data on the hard drive, remove any windows partitions, delete all data, and then install a fresh ...
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My laptop erased entire hard drive

I own a Toshiba Satellite laptop L305D and it runs Windows Vista 32-Bit. So my laptop was starting to catch a virus and I figured that it would be easier to install an antivirus software if I restore ...
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How do I reformat my encrypted key drive to ExFAT on my MAC?

I have a 32GB key drive that I had formatted with the OSX extended encrypted FS. I wanted to reformat it as ExFat so that I could use it between Mac and Windows. The Disk Utility on the MAC will do ...
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If I replace the hard drive, do I lose my Windows license?

I dropped my laptop and destroyed my hard drive. I have ordered a new hard drive to replace it and so obviously need to reinstall the operating system. The recovery information was in the hard drive ...
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In which order should I install drivers, programs and updates after a fresh Windows install?

It's something I always have never been quite sure about... I usually go with drivers first, updates and then programs, but maybe it doesn't even matter at all...
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Installed Windows 7 Ultimate on D Drive and previous Windows 7 Enterprise on C Drive has stopped starting up

Please please help! I have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on same hard drive on D Drive on my laptop and the previous Windows 7 Enterprise which was installed on C Drive is not booting up now. When I ...
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Recover broken exFat drive

So I'm an idiot And last night, half-asleep, in an attempt to mount a .img to my exFAT-formatted external drive so I could boot Ubuntu from it, I ran dd if=foo.img of=/dev/disk1 like the Ubuntu ...
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I want to reformat my external hard disk but disk utility said it could not be unmounted

Hi I wanted to reformat my HP 500GB hard disk to MS DOS (FAT) by using Disk Utility but Disk Utility kept saying that the hard disk cannot be unmounted. I tried googling it but nothing seems to answer ...
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Can I install windows on an SSD and access data from my old windows HDD?

I purchased new computer components, switching my hardware from AMD and Radeon to Intel and Nvidia. I kept components from my old computer like the powersupply and two HDDs. Everything appeared to ...
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External 1 TB HDD needs 42 hours to reformat. Halfway through, my system crashed. Thoughts? [closed]

I have an external Samsung USB 3.0 1 TB HDD on Windows XP. It needs 42 hours to reformat. Halfway through, my system crashed. Why would it take so long? Could the system freeze (a hard crash – I had ...
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Formatting a hard drive

I have an internal hard drive that I have ubuntu installed on. I also have an internal SSD card that I have windows installed on. I would like to put a NTFS partition on the hard drive with ubuntu on ...
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Virtual Box - USB Mounting & Formatting Issue

I am trying to create a startup disk on a USB. I attempted to use the Ubuntu Startup Disk Creator but that failed. I then turned to UNetBootin. That seemingly worked but I still wasn't able to boot ...
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Is it possible to reinstall windows 8 upgrade on the SAME machine? (Clean Install)

I purchased the Windows 8 upgrade back in December. I've had it installed for a month now and am completely satisfied with the product. Although, just recently my ex-roommate confessed to me that he ...
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How to reinstall XP on a reformatted hard drive without a backup disk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows XP SP3 (Legal) download? My hard drive crashed, and it was removed, reformatted and repartitioned, and reinstalled on my 7 year old Compaq Presario. Now the pc ...
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Installing Windows 8 next to Ubuntu

Is is possible to install Windows 8 without reformatting the entire hard drive? I have a machine running only Ubuntu 12.04, and I want to install Windows 8 and dual-boot the two. Does Windows 8 allow ...
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Can I recover data from external HDD or do I format and lose it all?

I have a Maxtor external HDD 500GB but haven't used it for a year or so. I have plugged it into a new laptop as the one I used it with before is busted. I know that there is a ton of data on the HDD ...
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External Hard Drive reformatting and data

I have an 100Gb external HD with bunch of stuff that was originally formatted to windows XP. I now have a mac and want to re-format the external to work with my Mac but dont want to lose the valuable ...
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Dual boot centOS and Win7

I posted this on stackoverflow, but it looks like superuser would be more appropriate. I have a CentOS 5 machine that runs Windows 7 as a dual boot. CentOS is the main OS and each OS is set up in a ...
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Windows 8 Pro install on empty hard drive allowed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 8 upgrade If I purchase the Windows 8 Pro copy via the Windows 8 offer that's currently running until Jan 2013, do I have to install it on a PC having an ...
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Howto re-install my HP laptop with preinstalled Windows Vista

When I boot my HP laptop, it shows "missing operating system" and it restart, this repeat over and over. Pressing F11 for the Recovery Program don't works as it also show the same error - "missing ...
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Recover data after reformat [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover data loss from accidental quick format Is it possible to recover data after a hard drive has been reformatted and windows reinstalled on the drive? As a friend ...
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Software to back up application settings in Windows (including XP)

I would like to know if there is any (especially free) solution to back up and restore settings from applications (even if only from a whitelist of the most popular ones), both for XP and further ...
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usb connected PNY SSD needs to be reformatted for use on XP. How to get the files to work without deleting whats on the SSD?

I have a PNY SSD that I'm connecting to my XP via usb. On first connect, a driver automatically gets installed by XP and the device gets recognized as a new hard drive. Unfortunately, when I try ...
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How do we apply the latest Windows Update?

I've just reformatted my computer and I was running Windows Update, but after installing the updates and restarting, I have more updates again, and even after those updates, I have more updates yet ...
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Erratic Mouse Click buttons, on Laptop and with External Mouse

On a Dell Inspiron laptop, the mouse buttons are sporadically erratic, either not working, both buttons working as a left click, etc. This also happens when you use an external mouse, so it's not the ...
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External hard drive is recognized but not mounted in OS X

My external HD got unplugged without ejecting and my Mac will no longer mount the drive, but it recognizes it's there. I already tried repairing the disk in Disk Utility, and erasing it in Disk ...
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Can an SSD drive be reused / reformatted after a failure?

Being new to SSD (I don't own/use one, yet), how severe can storage loss be on those drives? I heard that the entire drive can pretty much get lost instantly due to the technology it uses to store ...
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After installing another version of Windows 7, what should I do to refresh my computer?

I had Windows 7 installed on my Laptop's C-Drive, but lately it wasn't working well, so I re-installed it on the D-drive. It now seems to be working better, but none of the old programs work anymore. ...
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how do you recover a reformated hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover data loss from accidental quick format I was recently helping a friend with trying to be able to see his hard drive on his computer. one thing that I thought was ...
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Can I reinstall Windows 7 using a pirated cd, but real cd key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reinstall Windows 7 if I lost my installation DVD? I need to reformat my computer, but I don't have my OS discs with me (I do have the cd keys, though). Can I ...
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Mac Disk Utility Undo volume scheme change

My sister made a mistake when trying to reformat a hard drive, and buggered up a hard drive with her work on it. She says it happened very quickly which leads me to believe she's actually just ...
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Do I have to do anything for file ACLs to work both before and after I reformat a computer?

Let's say that I have a computer running Windows Vista with 2 users: Alice and Bob. Alice is the admin and Bob is a normal user. They each have files in their respective My Documents folders and Bob ...
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What happens to a Windows Dynamic Drive

In my windows (Windows 7) I have two primary logical volumns, One is on a SSD harddrive for my operating system and installed software, and my other is a Dynamic volume for my stored media. (I do alot ...
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Reinstall Windows 7 starter onto an Acer Aspire One Netbook?

I have been having some issues with my Netbook so I figured I would reformat it. I downloaded a copy of Windows 7 starter, inserted it into my USB DVD drive and started my netbook. I made it as far ...
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formating a hard drive for use in an asus aspire one d250

I have an Asus Aspire One D250 that's out of warranty and whose hard drive is giving the click of death. I'm trying to use a spare SATA HDD I have but am having some difficulty. I have a USB CD ...