By Ailsa / Last Updated July 27, 2018

Why format hard drive via boot disk?

Generally speaking, format hard drive is the ultimate way to fix Windows operating system serious issues and other errors; you are not going to make that choice if there are other options. Under these showing conditions, you may need to format hard drive with a boot disk:

  • Reinstall Windows operating system.

  • Remove a virus or malware not working using other ways.

  • Sell your Windows OS PC to others.

  • Some serious Windows system failures.

If your computer has only one hard drive and you have to format it, you could use the bootable disk to format.

Boot Disk in Windows 7

A boot disk is a removable data storage medium which makes a computer can load and boot an operating system or other utility. Like a CD/DVD or USB flash drive could be a boot disk. In a general way, you will get an actual boot/installation disc that came with your Windows 7 PC or a retail Windows 7 install disc that you bought separately.

Use Windows 7 boot/installation disk to format hard drive

Warning: formatting hard drive does not permanently erase the data. The deleted files and folders could be easily restored even after a computer is formatted. You could wipe data on hard drive permanently with free hard drive wipe software.

If you have a Windows 7 boot/installation disc, you could format hard drive with ease, refer to this state:

  1. Please turn up your computer so that Windows starts normally, connect the Windows Installation/boot disk with your Windows 7 PC, and then restart your computer.

  2. Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

  3. Input your language and other settings in the Install Windows dialog box, and press Next.

  4. Then click Custom in the Which type of installation do you want dialog box.

  5. Click Drive Options (Advanced) on Where do you want to install Windows page.

  6. Click the partition that you want to format, click Format.

    Tips: You could select a partition and click Delete option for each partition and then choose the unallocated space to format the hard drive if you have more than one partition.

  7. Click Next.

  8. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7. Or you could cancel the installation at this point to keep the newly formatted hard drive.

If you do not have a boot disk to format hard drive Windows 7, there is a simple way to create your own Windows 7 boot disk.

Create boot disk to format hard drive in Windows 7

How to format computer in Windows 7 using USB bootable media? The following way is easier to operate than Windows installation disc. First of all, there are some preconditions you have to meet with:

First, you have to make bootable disk to format hard drive in Windows 7:

Create Bootable media

How to make a Windows 7 boot disk to format hard drive? Here are the tutorial:

  1. Insert the USB flash drive to the computer, and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to open its main console, choose Make Bootable Media at the left hand panel under Wizards.

Make Bootable Media

2. Click Next at the next window.

3. Tick USB Boot Device, and press Proceed.

USB Boot Device

4. Press Apply to commit to create Windows 7 boot disk.

Format hard drive with boot disk in Windows 7

After creating Windows 7 boot disk, you can format hard drive (delete all partitions on it) with this media now:

1. Boot your computer from the Windows 7 boot disk.

2. The AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard will run automatically on the desktop.

3. Right click the hard drive you want to format, and then choose Delete All Partitions.

Delete All Partitions

4. Select the clearing way to delete, Delete all partitions or Delete all partitions and wipe all data on the hard drive, it’s up to you. And hit OK.

Delete Method

5. The system will prompt you that the disk contains a system partition, hit Yes.

This Disk Contains A System Partition

6. Click Apply to format hard drive in Windows 7.

Apply Delete

After using boot disk to format hard drive in Windows 7, there is no need to worry about your sensitive personal files security any more. Besides, it’s worth to say that AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard will do you a favor with disk partition management, like merge partitions, format, delete, split, move, extend partition, copy disk, rebuild MBR, etc. The Professional edition is more than that, and provides the service to quick partition, allocate free space, migrate OS to SSD, convert disk between MBR and GPT, convert dynamic disk to basic and vice versa, and more. You could download the Server edition to take a shoot if you are using a Windows Server computer.