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How to Reformat a Hard Drive on an HP Pavilion DV7 Laptop

Updated July 20, 2017

Reformatting the hard drive on your HP Pavilion dv7 laptop is a great way to get rid of old, unnecessary files that are taking up valuable space on your computer, or to get rid of a virus that has taken over your laptop. The HP Pavilion dv7 comes with Windows 7 and makes it easy for users to access the HP Recovery Manager through the use of either a recovery disc or the recovery partition.

Click the "Start" icon in the lower, left corner of your Windows 7 home screen, then type "Recovery" into the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu.

Click "Recovery Manager" from the list of options that appears above the Search box. The HP Recovery Manager program will open.

Click "System Recovery," which appears on the left side of the Recovery Manager program beneath "I need help immediately." Your HP Pavilion dv7 series laptop will automatically restart, and the Recovery Manager will be displayed on the screen.

Click "System Recovery" again, then click "Next."

Click "No" if you are asked if you want use Microsoft System Restore. Click "Next."

Click the box to the left of "Recover without backing up your files," then click "Next."

Click "Next" to confirm that you want to reformat the hard drive of your HP Pavilion dv7 laptop. The reformatting process will begin and could take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the size of your hard drive and how much information you have stored on it. Your computer will restart when the process is complete, and you can continue setting up Windows 7 with your personal settings.

Place the recovery disc that you either created or purchased from HP in the CD/DVD-ROM drive and restart your computer.

When the "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" appears on your screen at the beginning of the boot process, press any key. After a few minutes, the HP Recovery Manager program will be displayed on your screen.

Click "System Recovery."

Click the box to the left of "Recover without backing up your files," then click "Next." The reformatting process will begin and could take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the size of your hard drive and how much information you have stored on it. Your computer will restart when the process is complete, and you can continue setting up Windows 7 with your personal settings.

Click "Skip" when you are prompted to insert the Supplemental Driver disc. Your computer will restart, and you can continue setting up Windows 7 with your personal settings.

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