Windows 10: Need formatting tool for 10 Install

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  1.    09 Aug 2015 #1

    Need formatting tool for 10 Install

    I've got a brand new Acer R3-131T for upgrade.
    Got it from a customer, a Walmart item.
    At first glance, I thought a mistake was made since I've never seen a PC shipped with a 32GB HDD since before Windows 3.1.
    Anyway, I couldn't do the Upgrade because of lack of space.
    Acer support told me to
    create a Factory Default Backup (Did this to a USB)
    When creating, click "No" to deleting the Recovery Partition.

    After creating, use a third party application and format the HD. (This is where I need help. A usb bootable to be able to format the drive}

    Use Recovery media and reload
    Install all updates. After updates are done, you will get the option to install the upgrade.

    Unless someone has an easier way.
    BTW, looking at less then $200 laptops in BestBuy, found a bunch with the 32GB HDD.

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  2. Posts : 31
    Win 10 x64 Pro
       09 Aug 2015 #2

    Use command prompt in RE

    You can delete the disk partitions, then use format command

    Use an sdcard or USB thumbdrive for the space to install win10. Best bet is to download the media and either run it from an ISO or USB thumbdrive

    Image your pc, then delete the recovery partition. 10 no longer uses the 4GB + recovery partitions, and will create what it needs if that old windows partition is gone (450mb recovery partition will be created). That old partition just wastes space.
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  3. Posts : 3
    Win10, Win8.1, MacOSX10.9, MacOSX10.6.8
       09 Aug 2015 #3

    cfourkays said: View Post
    BTW, looking at less then $200 laptops in BestBuy, found a bunch with the 32GB HDD.

    Actually, these do not have a "32gb HDD". They have 32gb of solid state storage, usually eMMC, and not a spinning disk hard drive. This is a common configuration in Windows tablets and some ultra light low end notebooks and convertibles that use tablet class configurations. Storage is limited, but they have a longer runtime on battery.

    I agree with the previous poster. You should "burn" the ISO to a USB memory stick for use as the install media. Also, as usual you should backup any user files you may want to keep to another USB memory stick just to be safe.
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  4.    09 Aug 2015 #4

    D-ban is the best tool to wipe a hard drive...
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  5.    09 Aug 2015 #5

    Or you could use any Linux distribution that runs in "live" mode from a USB stick.
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  6.    09 Aug 2015 #6

    Thanks for quick reply.

    So when I create the factory default backup again, this time uncheck copying the recovery partition.

    This creates a bootable restore of the 8.1 with more space.
    I've used 10 since the first build but still haven't upgraded it on my PC's which are dual booted and I have no problem there.

    This is a new customer's PC and will a downloadable iso activate?

    And thanks for the suggestions. I'll try my unbutu cd.
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  7.    09 Aug 2015 #7

    Be sure to copy down the product key.
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  8.    09 Aug 2015 #8

    That's not easy.
    I'll have to try to find it in the registry
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  9.    09 Aug 2015 #9

    No just use Belarc Advisor free
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  10.    09 Aug 2015 #10

    letmein said: View Post
    Be sure to copy down the product key.
    Folks who actually purchased Win10 have reported that, like with previous Windows versions, they got a new product key.

    The old product key, one associated with an existing Win7/8/8.1 installation can NOT be used to activate Win10. So, copying it down is a waste of time. The only way to activate Win10 using the free Upgrade is to do an in-place upgrade of an existing Win7/8/8.1 installation.
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