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Format Hard Disk having Win2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by locus, Sep 13, 2004.

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  1. locus

    locus Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    Does anyone know any article from Microsoft or elsewhere which describes in detail how to format a hard disk with Windows 2000.

    I would like to format my PC which currently has Windows 2000. I will then install Windows XP.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Rav
     
  2. MFDnNC

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    THe XP install CD will let you do that.
     
  3. locus

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    Do you mean that I dont have to format my hard disk or do anything. I can just take some backups of my data and insert my XP CD straightaway?
     
  4. razzcal

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    do you want to format or just upgrade,, if you want to upgrade just put xp cd in rom and follow instructions... if you want to format open cdrom ,power of compput xp cd in rom close it, then power up comp, and follow instructions..
     
  5. MFDnNC

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    No, you asked how to format, the XP install CD will let you do a format as part of the install.

    Best method is to delete any/all partion and then create then and format - All via the prompts of the install process.
     
  6. Subunci43

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    is there a way to reinstall XP, without formatting the entire computer?
     
  7. MFDnNC

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    Sure, in the partition that the XP is residing, but it is not recommended, you can/will carry forward what ever problems that you are re-installing for.

    Backup you data and then do a clean.
     
  8. Subunci43

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    ok, then i guess i will format my hard drive, but what exactly do i do? If start the computer with my disk in it, how can i find out if Windows XP is on it? I don't have a separate XP disk, only a System Restore one.
     
  9. locus

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    To clarify,

    In order to clean my hard disk completely, I can format it. I am currently using Windows 2000 and want to move to XP.
    Now to format my hard drive, I dont need to have any boot CD and do not need to use any command on the DOS prompt. Instead I can merely load my XP CD and it will have an option to format my hard disk. Is this the best way of formatting my hard disk and loading XP?

    Please advise before I go ahead with wiping out my hard disk. Thanks.
     
  10. zmaster

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    To clarify it up for you.

    You put your XP CD into your cd drive. Reboot your pc. It will take you to an install XP screen. When you reach this screen follow the prompts through. It will give you an option to delete any partitions on your hard drive. *Note: by doing this you will lose all information on your hard drive for good* You want to delete all partitions (this will get rid of windows 2000 and essentially format your hard drive). Once that is done you will be able to follow the rest of the XP install process. You don't need any boot disk/cds.
     
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