Quick easy way to format the HD and erase all files?

MamaBear2017

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I want to sell my older Windows 8.1 PC, and need a quick easy way to format the HD and erase all files, making just a C drive. It didn't come with a Windows install disk.
 

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Mike Lynch

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Ask Hillary!
 

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Most Windows 8/8.1 Computers came with a Recovery Image (Partition) - You may be able to Restore the PC to Factory State...
 

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MamaBear2017

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I don't know how to do this, which was why I asked if there was a simple way. Used to be, I could just say Format: C:
 
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TechnoMage

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No you can't. But then a PC without a working Operating System is a worthless piece of junk.
A neat way to prepare any PC for sale or giveaway, is:
Go into the users app in the Control Panel, and create a new user and give it a generic name with Administrator Privileged.
Then reboot the PC, and log in as the new user (don't use a password. The new owner can add a password if they want to)
Then once you're logged in as the new user, go back into the Users app in the Control panel, and delete the OLD User.
That not only deletes the user but all of that user's data files/folders/etc.
I've done that a few (dozen) times myself, and it works a treat and you don't loose the OS, Drivers, setups, etc.
Now you'll have a PC that's actually refreshed and worth something.

If someone gives me an old PC, that's the first thing I do, to preserve the OS, Drivers, etc.
Then I can tweak it, and tune it, to my own specifications.

Good Luck,
TM :cool:
 

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MamaBear2017

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No you can't. But then a PC without a working Operating System is a worthless piece of junk.
A neat way to prepare any PC for sale or giveaway, is:
Go into the users app in the Control Panel, and create a new user and give it a generic name with Administrator Privileged.
Then reboot the PC, and log in as the new user (don't use a password. The new owner can add a password if they want to)
Then once you're logged in as the new user, go back into the Users app in the Control panel, and delete the OLD User.
That not only deletes the user but all of that user's data files/folders/etc.
I've done that a few (dozen) times myself, and it works a treat and you don't loose the OS, Drivers, setups, etc.
Now you'll have a PC that's actually refreshed and worth something.

If someone gives me an old PC, that's the first thing I do, to preserve the OS, Drivers, etc.
Then I can tweak it, and tune it, to my own specifications.

Good Luck,
TM :cool:

Ahhh! I created a new user - just User with no password, and it installed all my old programs in it!
 

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    Radeon R7 240 2GB

MamaBear2017

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I went and deleted all the programs and oops - now I don't even have the wireless internet drivers....

Now I need to download Windows 8.1 wireless internet drivers to a thumb drive on my Windows 10 PC, then get them reinstalled on the AMD 8310 Windows 8.1 PC.
 
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billmcct

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Windows 8.1 should have the Driver. Just update the driver in "Device manager".
 

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MamaBear2017

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Windows 8.1 should have the Driver. Just update the driver in "Device manager".

I got one last night, from M32BC - Support and it seems to work.

I went and uninstalled all my software and emptied the recycle bin.

Now all that remains are some random folders, which don't seem to have any of my data in them - some of which cant be deleted. Cleanup doesn't apparently cover those.
 

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Iwannaknowyoubetter

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just boot up any OS you have bitting dust in your drawers and format from there, it also cleans up the bitmap/NTFS type of MBR/GPT depending what you had giving you a brand new HDD to make it how you probably want
 

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MamaBear2017

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just boot up any OS you have bitting dust in your drawers and format from there, it also cleans up the bitmap/NTFS type of MBR/GPT depending what you had giving you a brand new HDD to make it how you probably want

Nope - everything, for many years, has been coming on PC only.

Is there a way to generate a Windows DVD from the HD?
 

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Teeotsa

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MamaBear2017

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    Radeon R7 240 2GB

Teeotsa

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I think I'd need a system disk for that.

WHAT IF I just run the free upgrade to Windows 10? Will that wipe everything but the OS?
You don't need anything for it to work.

It will if you choose it to do so :)
 

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MamaBear2017

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Sorry... lol




Yeah it will.


Nope. Video here :

Thanks, will try that. ...

Oops. "Could not find recovery environment, insert installation or recovery media.

This is crazy, I found an Acronis rescue disk in the drawer here, but I cant even get the PC to boot from the DVD drive. Oh wait, it's from 2013. I got nothing...
 
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    FX-8310
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    DDR3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon R7 240 2GB

Teeotsa

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Thanks, will try that. ...

Oops. "Could not find recovery environment, insert installation or recovery media.

This is crazy, I found an Acronis rescue disk in the drawer here, but I cant even get the PC to boot from the DVD drive. Oh wait, it's from 2013. I got nothing...
Maybe try to create a bootable USB?
 

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    ASRock B75 Pro3-M
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    HyperX Fury DDR3 2x4GB 1866MHz + 2x2GB Samsung Sticks (12 GB Total)
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    NVIDIA GTX 560 TI
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    1920x1080
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    Some :) Enough for me
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    No third-party Antivirus software is installed on my system.
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    No Windows Update/Windows Defender & Antivirus Software on my system.

MamaBear2017

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Can I refresh Windows 8.1 online from Microsoft?

Or what if I just update it online?...

OK, I updated it, with very few folders left from me - all empty.

Now I want to upgrade to Windows 10. It says to enter a product code. Back serial label?
 
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  • OS
    Windows 8.1
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    FX-8310
    Memory
    DDR3 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon R7 240 2GB

Teeotsa

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My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Professional x64
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    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i7 3770
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75 Pro3-M
    Memory
    HyperX Fury DDR3 2x4GB 1866MHz + 2x2GB Samsung Sticks (12 GB Total)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 560 TI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Some :) Enough for me
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s Down | 2Mb/s Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome 108, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 80, Edge 107
    Antivirus
    No third-party Antivirus software is installed on my system.
    Other Info
    No Windows Update/Windows Defender & Antivirus Software on my system.
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