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Author Topic: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK  (Read 3429 times)

Geekofbroadband

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HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:48:24 AM »

Where can I do a FULL FORMAT of windows 7 do I have to do it on windows it self or can I do it on the disk options?
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loonylion

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Re: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2014, 10:35:10 AM »

You cannot format the system disk while windows is running.

for other disks, open disk management (control panel -> administrative tools -> computer management ->disk management), right click the disk you want to format, and choose format. It will then allow you to select full or quick. Bear in mind that a full format of a hard disk or a large USB stick will take a VERY long time (hours or even days).

formatting the system disk has to be done either from a live cd or windows setup. In windows setup, proceed through until it asks you whether you want to upgrade or custom install, and choose custom. On the next screen it will show your disks, select the one in question and then click the small 'drive options (advanced)' link in the lower right hand corner of the dialogue. This will give you the format option among others.
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Geekofbroadband

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Re: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2014, 01:02:34 PM »

I have the windows 8 disk so could I do a full format with the disk on that wait until its finished then put in my windows 7 disk?
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Ronski

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Re: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 01:23:24 PM »

Why do you want to do a full format?
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Geekofbroadband

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Re: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 01:54:04 PM »

Because I haven't done one in a long time and j think you should do it once in a while and it wouldn't take long I only have got a 240GB SSD
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loonylion

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Re: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2014, 03:30:33 PM »

Because I haven't done one in a long time and j think you should do it once in a while and it wouldn't take long I only have got a 240GB SSD

No you should not do it once in a while, formatting or defragmenting will burn up write cycles and shorten the life of the SSD
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Re: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2014, 10:32:38 PM »

Certainly no need to do that.  I haven't reinstalled Windows 7 since it was released on my main PC, and it's had various SSDs over the years.
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Re: HOW DO YOU FULL FORMAT WINDOWS 7 NOT QUICK
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2014, 11:30:35 PM »

a secure wipe if you want to start the ssd fresh, dont full format it.

but a secure wipe will use up one of your erase cycles.

on hdd's I find full format's a good way to look for bad sectors but usually only do it on brand new drives.
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