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Old 03-23-2005, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you format a hard drive?
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Old 03-24-2005, 01:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if your using xp, just load the cd and format and reinstall from there.
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That's the easiest way. Make sure your BIOS is configured to boot from the CD.
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yup I agree. Unless it is a slave drive and you already have an OS on the master then you can simply right click on the slave drive in My Computer and choose FORMAT.
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You can format any partition except the XP partition from My Computer. I always forget about that option.
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Old 03-24-2005, 07:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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can use a win98 boot disk, if a new one will need t fdisk it then format it full.
A:> fdisk
a:> format c:
Or use 2000/XP CD it will do it for you.
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You cannot use format c: for NTFS paritions. (XP is mostly installed on an NTFS partition).
You can use FDISK to delete the NTFS partition, then create a new FAT32 with the floppy, or create a new NTFS partition with the CD, though.
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