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sulu2013

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I need to format my d drive where my operating system lies and reinstall os. how do i go about it?
 
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Main question I can think of would be do you have any Windows disc's? Recovery partition? Recovery disc's etc?
 

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yes

what is on drive partition C

normally windows is auto installed on C,even if you have 2 op.systems installed the drive can show another letter

but when you boot into that copy of windows it will always show it is C even if it is installed on D drive

post a copy of disk management into your reply
 

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well, there are four drives c:, d:, e:, f: with 10 gb each, total 40 gb; earlier, c: had the os.
after a virus attack, now the os was shifted to D: and C: now has some miscellaneous items. What i want to do now is to copy all of D: into F:(which is empty) and then format D:, and reinstall WinXP into it, because, there is only about 400 mb free space in D: now. This leads to frequent error messages like "you are running out of space in D:, additional space is required, would you like to delete old and unnecessary files now?'" . this is becoming irritating now.
 

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it sounds like you have one drive set to 4 partitions

a 40g hard drive with a current day op.system is on the very small side let alone dividing into four partitions

you need 20% free space on a partition for windows to work properly that is why you are getting the warnings

is this a laptop
 

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No, its a desktop (my first desktop) so I love it. I save most of my work and data on other external media.
How do I go about formatting my hard drive after saving all of my data? I just keep only os and program files on the hard disks.
 

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ok i backed up all of d drive into pen drive, then reinstalled xp os, but now even my monitor doesn't look nice. there is something wrong with the display configuration. i have also restored the backed up drive into another partition...
 

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have you reinstalled the chipset drivers and your video drivers
 
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