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Old 01-30-2005, 05:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Need Info on reformatting HD

Im using XP Pro, I reinstalled the operating system but everything on my hard drives are still there. does anyone know where i could get info on how to totally clean and reformat my hard drives ?

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Old 01-30-2005, 07:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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put in a system disk. turn on the pc, boot with help from the disk. when it gets into dos type in format C:


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Old 01-30-2005, 07:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When you reinstalled the window, disk c has been formated..and you can log on windows,and the press win+r,then type cmd,and then input "format x". you can done it.
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Old 01-30-2005, 11:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is a file that I pulled up from the forums...It was VERY helpful for me!

Start up your computer and enter into the BIOS (Usually by pressing delete a few times when you start your comp)

Somewhere in your BIOS (Generally under Advanced BIOS features) there will be an option for you to change your boot sequence. RIght now it may look like this; Floppy, HD-0, CD-ROM. You want to put CD-ROM at the top of the list.

Put in your windows XP cd and SAVE and exit the bios. When it starts back up watch the screen for any messages about booting from the cd. A blue screen should come up that guides you through the rest. (Make sure you delete ALL your partitions if you want to remove everything and format using NTFS)

Although windows XP guides you through everything, you need to know whether u actually want partitions or not. With a harddrive your size, i would partition about 100 gigs and leave 60 for my windows/program files/documents and all that crap. Then leave 100 for all your media. This way, when you want to format again you can just leave all your stuff on your 100gig partition, and just reinstall on the 60. Again, the windows xp setup will guide you through the partitioning.

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Old 01-30-2005, 12:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You don't need to delete the partitions, just select the format option during XP setup.
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Old 01-30-2005, 02:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally posted by TheMajor
You don't need to delete the partitions, just select the format option during XP setup.
that's the way i always do it
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Old 01-30-2005, 06:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have info on how to do this on one of my websites. Should be quite straightforward to follow:

hope it helps
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Old 01-30-2005, 11:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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thanks for all the info everyone , and yes it work

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