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How to reformat hard drive in windows 8 (factory image)

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    How to reformat hard drive in windows 8 (factory image)


    I want to reformat the hard drive in Windows 8 - Factory Image - in an HP Notebook computer.

    HP sent me 3 disks.

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    If you want to re-format the entire disk then the easiest way is to download something like Partition wizard (Free) make a boot disk / usb stick and load boot the program . You can move / re-size partitions too.

    Although before doing this backup what you need from the system to external HDD -- I'd also backup the hidden manufacturers recovery partition too.

    Use Free Macrium or other imaging program for that.

    Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03502680.pdf

    Quote Originally Posted by HP
    Using HP Recovery media to recover
    You can use HP Recovery media to recover the original system. This method can be used if your
    system does not have an HP Recovery partition or if the hard drive is not working properly.
    1. If possible, back up all personal files.
    2. Insert the first HP Recovery disc you created into the optical drive on your computer or into an
    optional external optical drive, and then restart the computer.
    – or –
    Insert the HP Recovery USB flash drive you created into a USB port on your computer, and then
    restart the computer.
    NOTE: If the computer does not automatically restart in HP Recovery Manager, change the
    computer boot order. See Changing the computer boot order on page 75.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 8
    windows 8

    How to reformat hard drive in windows 8 (factory image)


    I appreciate very much your help.

    My Notebook is working great !

    Thank you and have a good one . . . . . . . .
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  5. #5

    HDs


    I built a new rig, installed Win 8.1 pre-release & it was running OK!
    Then I received the news that the Final Release was available & that I had to reinstall Win 8 to Update. Since I had not installed any programs yet, I decided to go back to Win8.

    THEN the trouble started. Every time I tried to install Win8 I received an error that it was trying to resolve the error. It never went any further.

    I took the drive out, formatted it, & tried again. Received the same error message again!
    Looked at the Hard Drive & there is a hidden partition that I can't delete!


    Does anyone know how to delete this partition so I can make a clean install!

    I think MS has made a big deal out of installing the Win 8.1 final release!

    As I understand it, ALL PROGRAMS, including MS programs, will have to be re9installed?

    Does this mean ALL data will be lost?

    Tully
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Tully View Post
    I built a new rig, installed Win 8.1 pre-release & it was running OK!
    Then I received the news that the Final Release was available & that I had to reinstall Win 8 to Update. Since I had not installed any programs yet, I decided to go back to Win8.

    THEN the trouble started. Every time I tried to install Win8 I received an error that it was trying to resolve the error. It never went any further.

    I took the drive out, formatted it, & tried again. Received the same error message again!
    Looked at the Hard Drive & there is a hidden partition that I can't delete!


    Does anyone know how to delete this partition so I can make a clean install!

    I think MS has made a big deal out of installing the Win 8.1 final release!

    As I understand it, ALL PROGRAMS, including MS programs, will have to be re9installed?

    Does this mean ALL data will be lost?

    Tully
    To update, you can use Option Two.
    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

    To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    than
    2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

    2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

    2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with


    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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  7. #7


    Why are adds appearing on this Forum?

    It was always a pleasure to be on this forum WITHOUT ADDS!!

    For instance;

    My query was about complete format of a HD. The add claimed it would do this! IT DID NOT! It was another stupid REG CLEAN
    PROGRAM that probably gives you a million errors in your REG & wants money to fix the errors! Then it cannot be removed.

    If this forum continues this practice, I AM OUT OF HERE!!!

    Tully
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  8. #8


    Hi! All:

    I solved my problem temporarily. I just took the HD out of one of my other PCs & installed it in my new rig.
    Worked great. The new RIG is great & fast!!

    I will update my profile to shoe the new rig!

    Still need to know how to reformat a drive to factory specs!

    I WILL NOT ANSWER ANY ADD ON THIS FORUM. ALL THEY WANT IS MONEY & DO NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM!!

    Tully
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