Formatting a hard disk drive (HDD) on your laptop will erase any files,
programs and operating systems that the drive contains. Doing so will
leave this hard drive completely blank and the files cannot be restored.
The hard drive that contains the version of Windows that your laptop is
running cannot be formatted without a Windows CD. Any other hard drive
on your laptop can be formatted without a CD.
Start your laptop and click the Windows "Start" button on
your desktop. Click on the "Control Panel" button on the right side of
the menu that pops up.
Click on "System and Maintenance" in the "Control Panel"
window that opens. Continue to click on the icon labeled "Administrative
Tools" from the list of icons in "System and Maintenance."
Open the "Computer Management" window by double-clicking it
in the "Administrative Tools" window. You may be asked to enter your
Windows password to continue. If so, enter your password to continue.
Click on the "Storage" link and click "Disk Management" in
the new window to open a list of storage devices connected to your
laptop. Locate the hard drive that you wish to reformat and right-click
Click "Format" in the gray pop-up menu that appears and
click "OK" in the window that opens. Click "OK" in the warning box that
appears to begin formatting the HDD on the laptop. Windows will format
the drive automatically. Restart your computer once the process has
finished to complete the format.