For example, if the Windows sticker on your laptop is for Windows 7 Home Premium, you must purchase a Windows 7 Home Premium disc if you plan to reinstall the operating system after formatting. For single partitions, keep the size at the default. I wrote a post on how to wipe your hard drive. In order to format the laptop's hard drive, you'll need to boot from a Windows installation disc or recovery disc provided by your laptop manufacturer. You can usually find your laptop's model number by looking at the sticker affixed to the bottom. Step 1 Make sure all essential files on your laptop hard drive are backed up on the back up storage medium.
By the way I'm not that great with computers so you can talk to me like I'm dumb when explaining things. The platters are paired with magnetic heads arranged on a moving actuator arm, which read and write data to the platter surfaces. There are many methods available to format a hard drive, but using Disk Management could be considered one of the best options for most users. Back up your important data. If you're getting ready to get rid of your Mac, you'll want to adjust the security options in order to securely erase the data on the drive.
I saw the Lenovo partitions as well as the windows partitions. If your thinking Chrome or Firefox, forget that also. The format command is a line of direct command that is typed in to an interface command prompt and run on the system. I installed microsoft security essentials and the first scan took about 5 minutes and scanned about 2000 files mostly in system32. If the versions are not out of date, but the programs aren't working, then I would uninstall and reinstall them. These disks make the process very easy. Press the button to enter the boot screen when prompted.
To save important data on the hard drive, please beforehand. To do this, you will need to punch a key on your keyboard repeatedly. This process may take a few minutes. Select the partition that Windows is installed on. A wipe with the default settings will take several hours to complete.
None of this equipment will work when you restore your computer without the software that came with them except in certain circumstances. Right click the hard drive you want to reformat. Follow the prompts to install Windows. Any and all data files that you created will be gone so you should back them up to a different location prior to reformatting. See for information on creating a secure backup of your data.
You'll also be prompted to enter your Windows product key. I dont want the buyer to find any of my passwords or personal information. My computer is pretty messed up with tons of viruses. Please click Accept as Solution, if your problem is solved. Everything was great until I decided to take advantage of the free upgrade to windows 8. Or maybe your system registry has just become overgrown.
Since many of the sites that I used to refer listeners to regarding this subject have either disappeared or no longer have the information, I am starting a multi-part tip outlining the steps to reformat your computer. A pop-up message will prompt you before proceeding that data on the drive will be lost. Keep me posted if you have more questions! Under this circumstance, you need to turn to 3rd party software or other format tool. I thought about removing and destroying the one drive that has my personal data on. The process itself requires very little technical know how. If you have a recovery disc for your laptop, it will already include the drivers.
Please use this Tip as a guide and not the end all. Whatever the reason, your laptop has become sluggish and you want it to get back to its original level of performance. It keeps crashing and I want to totally wipe it out and start over like it was factory-fresh. Go to Boot menu to change Boot order. This article has also been viewed 778,884 times.