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just a quick question. How does one go about formatting the hard drive? any help would be appreciated
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I have tried so many different instruction sites on how to reformat and reinstall XP. Nothing has worked. I never actually reformat the drive I am trying to. I have been booting from a boot disk created in XP (as instructed) and it does not contain the FDISK command on it. All I am trying to do is wipe my hard drive clean and reinstall XP.

Any help would be great.

Also, please direct any replies to lostinwny on yahoo IM. BEcause of the previous said install, Norton is acting up and I cannot check secure sites (https), so email is out and I cannot download AIM again.

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You do not need any floppy discs to install XP . . enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you enable the XP firewall.
 
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Thanks so much for answering my post. I followed your instructions and even downloaded the simulator. The difference between the sim and my install, when I get to the partition screen, I am not given the option of deleting the only partition there. Do I need to create a second partition before I try this so that i can delete the first? ALl that shows up is my C drive and the CD recognizes that I already have a copy of XP home on my machine.

Thanks again.
 
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It shows the C drive but when yuu select it and press D it will not delete?
 
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correct. It will not allow me to delete or create anything new. When I reset the boot priority in the BIOS, I disabled the Hard Drive all together. Could that be a problem?
 
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That could be the problem . . but from what you have said, it seems to recognize the drive. I'd go back into BIOS and enable the hard drive
 
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What brand of Hard drive do you have? Many of the manufacturers have programs that you can download to Format and setup you harddrive.
 
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