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    New Install - Delete partition or Format partition?

    I am taking off Vista and putting on Win 7. In the install set it asks to delete the partitions which I want to do because I want to erase everything. I have three partitions. Should I format the partition that I am installing on afterwards or will deleting it do the formatting? After I delete and it creates a small partition then it starts installing files. I am thinking that I should format the partition that Windows should be on first. Is this a step that I don't need to do?
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    Thanks, JB

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    Basics:

    1) Delete all partitions
    2) Create one partition (can be smaller than the entire drive if you wish)
    3) Format the new partition
    4) Install Windows on the new, formatted partition

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    I just Googled it and it said that a format is not necessary because the DVD will do it. It will not install on a unformatted HD so it will take care of the formatting. Just Delete the partition and hit Next. Thanks for your info.
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    Thanks, JB

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpywareDr View Post
    Now matter how it's done, a partition must still be created and formatted before Windows can be installed. It's been that way for decades.
    Apparently the CD does a quick format then installs files is my understanding. I mean I just did it three times in the last two days. I did not format, I just delete all partitions and then hit Next and I got Windows running. I did not click on format.
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