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when trying to format hd, "delete partition" option is shade


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mich1710

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I have a 4 year old laptop whose disk is more than half full and I would like to format the hd and start over. When I try to right click to delete the partition for C drive, the option is shaded out. I am limited computer-savvy and have only formatted another hd once a long time ago in DOS mode (!) so if there is another option available now to cleaning out my hard drive, I would appreciate any other suggestions. I use this laptop for working from home but don't run any media or gaming on it.

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Have you got the handbook that came with your laptop? Read it to find out what you need to do to make a fresh install of Windows. Laptops can be tricky, they are deliberately made hard to get into and reformat because they are easily stolen and present a security issue. If you don't have the book try going to the maker's website for the information. There may be special procedures you need to follow, such as changing the boot order in the BIOS, which may require special knowledge.
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Ugh! I didn't think of that, it makes perfect sense. Yes, I have the book for it and I will take a look. Thanks for the warning!
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