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format my HD

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by moosejaw, Apr 23, 2010.

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  1. moosejaw

    moosejaw Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2010

    In the past to format my HD and install XP, I would enter my XP CD and boot from CD. Then, I would format my HD, and etc.

    Here is now the problem I'm having.

    Few years ago, my HD was partitioned (C:, D:) and Win 2000 was installed on C:. Because of problems, I then wanted to reformat C: and install XP on it. That didn't work, and XP was installed on my D:. Luckily, I didn't lose my data on D:

    I'm now having issues, and I want to format my HD entirely an start anew.

    When I boot from my XP CD, it tries to repair my XP OS on my D:. But I simply want to erase everything on my HD and reformat it all. How do I go about it?

    Any assistance would be much appreciated!

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  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    After you boot from the XP CD and press any key at the Press any key to boot from CD command, you need to read each screen carefully so you press the proper key to perform a certain function.

    You want to do it in this order:

    Delete all current partitions

    Create a new C partition

    Format that new C partition in the NTFS file system

    Install XP in C:\WINDOWS

    (This is assuming you want to allocate the entire hard drive to a single C partition)

    These pictorial guides should help you.

    http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPHome/installxphome1.htm (for XP Home)

    http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPPro/installxppro1.htm (for XP Pro)

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