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Formatting partition without booting from disk.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Dawkins, Jan 26, 2011.

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  1. Dawkins

    Dawkins Thread Starter

    Jan 22, 2011
    I'm in a bit of a pickle here. My CD drive won't allow me to boot from CDs anymore, for whatever reason. I have 2 partitions on my hard drive and I'm wondering if it's possible to format the main partition by copying the windows setup files to my secondary and then somehow running them from there, whilst wiping the main one. I really don't want to reinstall without formatting, but right now I have no other option. :(
  2. Gouthaman


    Jan 26, 2011
    You can install Windows from a USB drive. (You can format the partition in this process). Just read this article and follow the instructions.

    If you are trying to install Windows XP read this instead.
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