The hard disk format under Windows 7 – so it goes
Whether a new Windows version or the setting up of a fresh system, the formatting of one or more hard disks is often not over. Every time, however, the question arises how now the hard drive is formatted. In the following, we will explain the various possibilities for the complete erasure of the hard disks and what has to be considered.
- The first step in the preparation should always be the creation of security scopes of the most valuable data. There are many different possibilities for this.
- It is a good idea to create a folder on the desktop where all the security scripts will land. After that, all the folders on the hard disks to be formatted should be scanned for data to be backed up and these files copied to the folder on the desktop.
- Once this is done, the backup folder can be copied from the desktop to an external hard disk, burned to a DVD, or moved to a USB drive.
- There is also the possibility to use a cloud or upload the files to a file host on the Internet.
Format the hard drive in Windows The
following steps do not work with the hard drive that is running Windows 7 system files.
- There are few clicks in Windows to format the desired hard disk. To do this, the Computer link opens. All drives are listed here.
- Clicking the right mouse button on the hard disk to be formatted opens the context menu. There is the entry “Formatting …”.
- A new window opens with a left-click. Make sure that NTFS is set as the file system and the checkbox is not configured for fast formatting.
- Now just click on Start and the hard disk is completely deleted. If the quick format is used, only data are deleted, similar to the emptying of the paper basket.
Formatting the system
hard disk If you want to erase the hard drive on which Windows 7 resides, for example to install Windows 8, this is not possible with the operating system running. Again, there are several possibilities. For the most sensible and simplest option, you need a USB stick or an installation CD with a Windows version. Both must be set up so that the computer can boot from them.
All work steps described in the following instructions should be meticulously observed, as this could lead to coarser damage to the PC.
- The installation medium is connected to the computer or inserted into the DVD drive. After this, the computer is restarted.
- Here it is important that the BIOS is called to check the boot options. This is usually done by pressing the “Delete” or “F2” key. If the BIOS has been called up, a tab titled “BOOT” can be found in this menu. In this case, depending on the installation medium, either the DVD drive or the USB port must be set to the first place.
- After this, the BIOS is exited and the changes are saved. When the computer is started, the text now appears, that any key must be pressed to boot from DVD or USB stick. After this is done, the Windows Setup is started. It is important here that a user-defined installation is started. This is the only way to get into the data carrier management. All hard drives are listed here.
- If you select the hard disk to be formatted, you can use the advanced settings to format it. If you want to reinstall Windows completely, choose the target drive here and continue the installation.
- The installation CD or the USB stick must not be removed. After the installation of Windows, the boot menu in the bios should be reset to its original state.
- Before formatting the complete system, it is useful that all important programs installed on the computer are available as setup files or installation data carriers. It is also recommended that all passwords, access data and the like be recorded. Experienced computer users should divide the hard drive to have a better view of the data storage. Also the titling of the individual drives is useful.
- The hard disk is formatted at your own risk. Accidentally deleted files can only be recovered with an increased workload. For the stated reasons, a complete formatting of the system should preferably be carried out by experienced computer users.