Do all operating system install CD's allow for hard drive reformat?

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Do all operating system install CD's allow for hard drive reformat?

I'm almost ready to rebuild my desktop PC. Just waiting on one more part. I'm going to use my existing hard drive since it is less than a year old. I haven't decided if I am going to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium or Linux Mint Cinnamon which I researched.

I want to completely wipe or reformat hard drive before I reconnect it. I already saved important stuff on USB flash drive. Do Windows 7 and Linux Mint install CD's have the option to reformat the hard drive?
 
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Formatting a hard drive does not erase the data on the drive. It only resets the directories telling the computer it is OK to overwrite that section with new data.

You can format the drive in Windows 7. I am not sure about Linux, but I would suspect so as that is a fairly basic function of an OS.
 
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Why doesn't it allow me to edit post? In original post, meant to say 'I want to completely reformat hard drive when I reinstall an operating system.
 
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Well, will formatting the drive from the install CD remove any corrupted files or errors from the hard drive? Or is there another procedure I should do?
 
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Most Linux installers allow you to format and repartition. Or you can burn Gparted (it's free) to disk and boot the computer into Gparted and do your partitioning. http://gparted.org/
 
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Any Windows install CDs that I have seen offer a format option. Linux CDs usually ask if you want to use the entire drive for the install which effectively formats the drive for the simple reason that the install does not use an NTFS format. It uses ext4. If you want to format the drive prior to the install with a 3rd party program, make sure that you format it to the correct file system (FS).

May I suggest that you clean the drive & install Linux in a virtual machine instead? That way you have use of both OSes.
 
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Cool. That's good to know about Linux. Will reformatting take care of any corrupted sectors or errors on hard drive?

Install Linux in a virtual machine? I'm intrigued. But I don't know anything about that.
 
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It will fix corrupted file systems but it won't fix physical damage to the HD which you shouldn't have since the drive is only a year old.
 
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To answer your question about editing your post, you have a time limit of something like 20 or 30 minutes to do so, then it is locked down. This is a spam prevention feature.

If an edit is essential after this period has passed, a moderator can make the change if you get a hold of one of us.
 
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I noticed three or four times, I wouldn't let me edit within a minutes or so of original posting.
 
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Yeah......wouldn't let me edit this last one either. No button to save the edited changes
 
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Oh I see....................Windows 7 would serve as the host operating system for Linux. I was reading about what Donoli said about virtual machine.
 
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I'd say use Linux as host and Windows 7 as guest. That way you can just delete Windows if it gets infected. I'd recommend Pclinuxos. You can actually just download a script to install Virtual Box* from the repositories. It is probably a lot simpler then trying to install a virtual machine in Windows.

*A limited feature version of Virtural Box can be installed directly from the PCLinuxos repository but for licensing reasons the full feature free version has to be downloaded from virtual box. To make it easy the script from the repository does it automatically for you jst asking a couple of questions as it does the download and install.
 
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It's up to you which OS you want as the host. VMware is an alternative to Virtual Box.
 
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Ok. Sounds good.

I have another concern. My new processor is Intel i3-6100. 3.7Ghz socket LGA-1151. I believe with this setup, the pins are on the motherboard. Are there any tips when installing the processor to avoid bent pins? Thanks
 
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You just have to be careful when you make the connection. Don't force it.
 
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Ok. Have a good Christmas everyone. I will update
 
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Yes both Window 7 and Linux Mint should automatically reformat the drive. However it is a good idea to wipe the drive first to remove any residual virus or operating system. It isn't absolutely necessary to wipe the drive before putting on a new OS but it is good practice.
 
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Build is done. Moving on to next phase of project. I'll report back Tuesday.
 
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I notice the SATA terminals on the motherboard are labeled 1 thru 7 (in no particular order) to label the pin positions. My SATA cable connections are simple fool proof plug-in. So what is the pin lab labeling for......a different type of SATA connection?

Also, on this new motherboard I am moving from SATA 3.0 Gb's to SATA 6.0 Gb's. Are SATA data and power cables specific to either SATA 3 or 6 bandwidth? Or will my existing SATA cables work with either speed?
 
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PC is up and running. I installed Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon yesterday. Everything is running fine. Linux 18 comes with pre-installed software similar to Windows but will less bloat.

I can do everything with it.........do office work with LibreOffice, listen to music, export and view photos, watch movies, copy/print/scan, USB tether with smartphone to access Internet, store files, etc. If all goes well, I'll swear office windows forever.
 
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Meant to say I hope to swear off Windows forever. The edit feature still isn't working
 
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There is nothing wrong with keeping one windows OS. I never understood the either/or concept of anything. It doesn't matter if it's windows or linux - republican or republicrat, etc....
 
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Well, my PC crashed twice after downloading Windows updates. Windows is too much trouble. And I don't want to pay into that global monopoly anymore.

I still have my Windows 7 CD just in case. Some Linux Mint users say it is similar to Windows XP and I definitely see the Windows influence there. So there are definitely good things to say about Windows. But you still won't see me buying another Microsoft product.
 
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There is nothing wrong with your boycott either. Boycotts are more powerful than voting.
 
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If you ever try Linux Mint 18, let me know what you all think. Linux Mint users tell me they don't use anti-virus software either which is more cost savings. But I'll monitor developments with Linux security in case A/V is needed over time.
 
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