newmananddora 12:52 13 Apr 2012

I wish to format the hard drive in Windows 7. Can anyone tell me how it can be done?

  robin_x 13:02 13 Apr 2012

How To + Some Cautions

What exactly are you trying to do?

Also note that wiping the whole drive will erase any Recovery Partition on there.

  newmananddora 13:07 13 Apr 2012

Thanks. I keep getting the blue screen and cannot find out why. I thought I'd put in a clean version of W7

  robin_x 13:13 13 Apr 2012

What make and model is it. See label if not sure.

Blue screens can be caused by hardware or software problems. Reinstalling W7 should be a last resort.

Can you Restore to a previous time before the fault? Can you boot into Safe Mode and keep running without Blue Screen?

Tap F8 at boot for those and Repair options.

Overheating can also be a cause.

  newmananddora 13:18 13 Apr 2012


  Batch 13:39 13 Apr 2012

Have to say I am concerned about the idea of you trying to do a major task like reinstall Windows from scratch if you don't know how to do something basic like format a disk. You could be digging yourself into a hole if you aren't careful.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:57 13 Apr 2012

Autoreboot Disable

  1. Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel. Tip: In a hurry? Type system in the search box after clicking Start. Choose System under the Control Panel heading in the list of results and then skip to Step 4.
  2. Click on the System and Security link. Note: If you're viewing the Small icons or Large icons view of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the System icon and proceed to Step 4.
  3. Click on the System link.
  4. In the task pane on the left, click the Advanced system settings link.
  5. Locate the Startup and Recovery section near the bottom of the window and click on the Settings button.
  6. In the Startup and Recovery window, locate and uncheck the check box next to Automatically restart.
  7. Click OK in the Startup and Recovery window.
  8. Click OK in the System Properties window.
  9. You can now close the System window.
  10. From now on, when a problem causes a BSOD or another major error that halts the system, Windows 7 will not force a reboot. You'll have to reboot manually when an error appears. You will now be able to read the error on the Blue screen and report what its says.

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