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Formatting stuff...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by coorrel, Sep 30, 2003.

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  1. coorrel

    coorrel Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I know formatting topics are posted like everywhere, but I have read through most of them and they dont provide a start to end solution...

    I've never done this before and I just want backup my files and format the hdd clean like the day i brought it.

    1. Can someone give a site where it explains how to format your hdd form start to end and how to setup my new OS... including pics would be nice.

    2. The order of drivers and service pack i should install

    Cheers...

    OS:win2k
     
  2. buddhafabio

    buddhafabio

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    if you are installing 2000 or xp the cd will reformat hd for you.
    the best place for an install guide is blackviper
    it has pictures and what not

    but what i do is at bottom

    after backing up all you data.
    get a glass of pop or tea or what ever you drink
    get a good book to read
    just enter bios screen by pressing delete(usually)
    make your cdrom the first boot item
    put cd in the drive
    press any key to boot cd when asked
    the cd does the rest.
    read book and check screen every now and then and hit appropriate buttons
    then it askes use existing partition or delete.
    chose delete
    are you sure y\n yes
    read some more
    hit more buttons
    restart
    read somemore
    hit a few more buttons
    type in cd key
    few more settings.
    read some more
    first boot\
    set resolution
    install anit virus software
    then you can use windows update.
    restart
    use windows update agian
    restart
    use windows update agian
    restart
    then restore data you backed up


    blackviper
     
  3. coorrel

    coorrel Thread Starter

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    Thank You for the very informative site
    Your help is very much appreciated...
     
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