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formatting hard drive for XP home upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Flrman1, Jan 4, 2003.

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  1. Flrman1

    Flrman1 Thread Starter

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    I have reinstalled XP home (upgrade version) only to find out that my hard drive was not reformatted in the process. This was my first time doing this so I do not know much. After doing a new install of OS I realized that all the old files from my programs were still there , leaving me with 15 gigs used on a 40 gig HD. I have been told this is because I did not reformatt the HD. I was under the impression that doing a new install as opposed to a repair install would reformat. I now have been told that an upgrade version of XP does not have the option to format during setup as the full version does. I want to fomat the HD for a clean install wiping out the old stuff. Can someone direct me to articles or other material that will assis me in doing so? I noticed that if I right click on Drive C in My Computer there is an option there to format. Can I format from there and proceed with a clean install then?
     
  2. TheWendyGuy

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    Put the install CD in the drive. Reboot the computer

    It will go into setup.

    When it asks you where you want to install it, delete the partition that is already there so it is all unpartitioned space.

    Choose to install it on this unpartitioned space and it will format it for you.
     
  3. Flrman1

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    That sounds too easy. Does it give an option to delete the partition that the OS is currettly on or is this one of those things that isn't going to be obvious?
     
  4. Dan O

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    The XP install contains a Disk Manager, which allows you to do anything you like.
     
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