I have an HP z440 computer running Windows 7 pro.
HP sent me a usb drive containing restore media. They were unsure if it would work. I removed the original drive from the z440 and inserted a newer SATA drive into the z440 . Then, if the usb restore media did not work, I could always insert the older hard drive and boot and the z440 would operate.
The usb restore media worked well. So the z440 has one hard drive in it containing a functional Windows 7 installation. I want to use the older drive. So I inserted the older drive. I thought the z440 would boot from the newer drive and I could then format the older drive.
The z440 insisted on booting from the older drive. I tried changing the boot order in the bios to convince the z440 to boot from the newer drive. The bios screen froze.
My question: How can I create a simple bootable usb or cd disk so I can format a drive? If I can do this, then I would boot the cd or usb drive and format the older hard drive. I just want to format the older drive, I do not want to install any operating system on it.