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completely format hardrive "XP"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by afroman, Dec 16, 2001.

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  1. afroman

    afroman Thread Starter

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    i was blowme and for some reason my questioned dissapeared and my logon was nolonger valid whats that all about?!
     
  2. afroman

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    how do i completely delete everything on my hard drive so that i can start fresh with xp
    i already have xp installed but when i did a clean instal i still had all the files and folders that i already had!
    how do i completely delete everything ?!
    again i have xp installed so i dont need to know how to format with 98 or any other os for that matter !
    thanks!!!!!!!!
    also how do i delete the partitions i only want one drive being c:
     
  3. eddie5659

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    Hiya

    Iwas gonna reply to your thread and coudln't. Wonder what happened? Anyway, can you answer me a few questions?

    Have you got a pc with Me on that you want XP on? You say you've got the install on but getting a choice of two XP's at startup. Thats because you have loaded it twice.
    Now, Are you bothered about any of your files? Do you have all the drivers for your hardware?

    eddie
     
  4. afroman

    afroman Thread Starter

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    i have xp installed twice yes u are correct
    no i dont have me installed anylonger nore do i have my me disk
    but i do have my xp disk
    yes i am botherd by my files i dont want them anymore =)
    yes i do have all my drivers!
    i want to completely remove everything and i want to be able to reinstal xp
     
  5. brianF

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    run setup, under advanced options, your can tell it to repartition the drive

    Merged your two threads, one is enough
     
  6. afroman

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    no i cant repartion the drive that the os is installed on buddy!
     
  7. brianF

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    go into your bios, make the cdrom drive bootable, put the xp cd in the drive and reboot. You should be able to repartition and reinstall using the advanced options in setup
     
  8. afroman

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    now i have xp installed twice
     
  9. brianF

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    You should have these options available when you install xp

    Differences Between a Quick Format and Format During Windows XP Setup (Q302686)

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    The information in this article applies to:


    Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition


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    SUMMARY
    During a "clean" installation of Windows XP, you are prompted to choose from the following format options:

    Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)


    Format the partition using the FAT file system (Quick)


    Format the partition using the NTFS file system


    Format the partition using the FAT file system


    Leave the current file system intact (no changes)


    This article describes the differences between a Quick format and a regular format.



    MORE INFORMATION
    When you choose to run a regular format on a volume, files are removed from the volume you are formatting and the hard disk is then scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is responsible for the majority of the time it takes to format a volume.

    If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. This option should only be used if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.

    If you installed Windows on a partition that was formatted by using the Quick format option, you can also check your disk by using the chkdsk /r command after the installation of Windows has completed.
     
  10. afroman

    afroman Thread Starter

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    i trie dto install again as brian f suggested that i could format but no!
    i cant format c it says there are setupo files that it needs on there so i cant delete the partion nore can i format it so i installed xp again
    this time i installed on d:
    now im in the process of formatting c: because now it will let me
    so that should get rid of all the stuff on c i wanted to get rid of
    as well the other 2 xps i had installed on c:
    now that i have xp on d:
    can i switch d: to c: by renaming it or is the partition on the back of my disk and its not so good?
    can anyone just tell me how to completely delete my hard drive without using windows so i can just start from scratch???????????
     
  11. DJ P@CkMaN

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    people.. i have XP installed and i want to reformat the drive and re install XP, how do i do that, and no, i dont want to do the reinstall windows thing.. i want a REFORMAT
    thanks :D
     
  12. brianF

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  13. Aviator

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    Afroman, use a 98 or XP boot disk and use Fdisk to delete the partitions on your sysytem. This will help you to start from scratch. Once your Hard drive is cleared, re-create your partitions and reformat them. Then place your XP disk in the drive and reboot. If you don't have a boot disk go to bootdisk.com and download one.
     
  14. polspe

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    Try this, go to acmd screen via windows XP, at the dos prompt use the FORMAT command then reinstall.
     
  15. polspe

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    ... a cmd screen
     
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