07-30-2011 11:46 AM
If you are using a standalone retail copy of Windows and don't want to preserve anything on the hard drive then use Killdisk(it's a freebie) to wipe the hard drive. This will remove all partitions including the recovery partition. Windows 7 does have a format option that can also be used.
HP DV9700, t9300, Nvidia 8600, 4GB, Crucial C300 128GB SSD
HP ENVY 17t Touch,i7-5500u,16GB, 256 GB SSD (on loan)
HP Photosmart 6520
HP Touchpad, HP Chromebook 11
Custom i7-4790k,Z-97, 16GB 2400 mhz, Vertex 3 SSD, Plextor M.2 SSD, Samsung EVO SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 760TI
Windows 7/8 UEFI/Legacy mode, MBR/GPT