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reno64

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I've got a Dell Dimension 4700 - yes, I know it's an OLD system. but I have use for it - what's the best, easiest way to re-format the hard drive?
 
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Use the installation CD for the OS you plan on installing. It'll have the option of formatting the drive prior to installing.
 

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The Dell Dimension 4700 desktop may be an old model, but it's still a good one for running Windows XP.

It comes with only 512 MB of RAM, but it supports up to 4096 MB(4 GB) of RAM. Depending on whether you have the 533 MHz or 400 MHz frontside bus speed model, it uses DDR2 PC2-4200 or DDR2 PC2-3200 modules.

If you're still running it with only 512 MB of RAM, you should seriously consider increasing it to 1024 MB(1 GB) or 2048 MB(2 GB). Modules for it are quite cheap, and the boost in speed and performance will be quite noticable.

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If you have a full version XP Home or XP Pro CD, it'll do all the work. It formats the hard drive and then does a clean install of XP.

Here are some good step-by-step pictorial guides for doing it.

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPHome/installxphome1.htm

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPPro/installxppro1.htm

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