When formatting a hard drive in Windows 7, the first step is to ensure that the drive is partitioned, before attempting to format it. When everything is ready, open Disk Management from the Control Panel and select the d... More »

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To format a hard drive, insert your Windows 7 installation disc, and set your optical drive as the primary boot option in the BIOS settings. Initiate the setup procedure, and format the drive that contains the previous W... More »

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To format a computer hard drive, access the Disk Management screen via the Computer Management utility, select the desired drive, and choose the Format option. Specify a file system, set the allocation unit size, and use... More »

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To partition a hard drive in Microsoft Windows 7, open the Disk Management tool. Select an unallocated area of the hard drive to create a new partition. Complete the partition process by specifying the volume size, volum... More »

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About.com offers a tutorial on partitioning a hard drive in Windows 7, and OSXDaily.com offers a disk partitioning tutorial for Apple's OS X. Back up your hard disk before following either tutorial, in case something goe... More »

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To downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7, uninstall Windows 8 by formatting your hard drive, and perform a clean installation of Windows 7. Access the Boot Options menu, initiate BIOS, and set your optical drive as the primar... More »

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Clean a hard drive with a Windows XP operating system by emptying the recycle bin, clearing the temporary Internet files cache, and deleting or archiving old files. People can also use the operating system's self-cleanin... More »

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