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What will Formatting C:\ do?

What i am trying to do is just wipe my c drive and reinstall an OS is the command the one iwant?

After i wipe the drive i want to install windows 7 64 bit.

I would really like some advice, i am not a computer guy but my friend who is a web developer suggested i try this site if i have questions...

  • Formatting the drive will cause you to lose all existing data. It's unclear whether or not this is acceptable to you. If it is, the answers you've received are correct: boot from your Windows 7 DVD and follow the wizard's instructions to format (and repartition) your drive, then install Windows. – Cody Gray Jan 23 '11 at 4:52

If you have the Windows 7 disc then just boot from that and follow the instructions, you shouldn't need to wipe/format the drive yourself.

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  • well i did that already but it put all my old stuff into another file somewhere and i am still showing only 40 gb available on c drive – Kevin Jan 23 '11 at 3:11
  • You can remove the saved old stuff if you wish...follow instructions here: windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/… – willytate Jan 23 '11 at 3:13

When you are installing Windows, the installer will wipe and possibly re-format the drive, erasing everything that was there.

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Insert your Windows 7 DVD in the DVD-Rom, and restart the computer , it will boot up by itself. Follow the instructions and from there you can format the drive from a graphical menu . If the Dvd didn't boot up tell us.

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  • i tried doing that it said it put my old files in windows.old and my c drive is still bogged down i only have 40 gb available of my 80 gb – Kevin Jan 23 '11 at 3:13
  • Formating the drive will wipe everything , so have you done it ? – binarylife Jan 23 '11 at 3:15
  • no but if i do will i be able to reinstall the os? – Kevin Jan 23 '11 at 3:16
  • No, because format clears everything on the drive including the OS , if you want to reinstall , do not format – binarylife Jan 23 '11 at 3:18
  • windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/… – binarylife Jan 23 '11 at 3:21