1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

HDD Format

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by barndoor, Jul 14, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. barndoor

    barndoor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5
    Recently re-installed WXP on a different HDD, would like to wipe the previous WXP install on its HDD, but it will not let me, how do i do it safely in WXP?
     
  2. Elvandil

    Elvandil

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2003
    Messages:
    51,988
    Boot from the XP CD and try formatting it from the Recovery Console, or boot from a Win98 Boot Floppy and using fdisk to remove the partition. Then, use XP's Disk Management in the unallocated space to create a new partition and format it.
     
  3. barndoor

    barndoor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5
    Elvandil Hi,
    Thanks for your reply, have been into WXP Recovery console before, and have a W98 Boot Floppy, but am nervous about using them and fdisk, is there a walkthru/idiot guide anywhere that i can use?
     
  4. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2006
    Messages:
    9,126
    Most hard drive manufacturers have a disk format utility that you can download from their websites, and most have bootable CD versions. In order to make it completely idiot proof, unplug the data cable(s) for the drives you do not want to format.
     
  5. barndoor

    barndoor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5
    Think it will not let me format it because it has a password protected WXP install on it, so, if i disconnect all my other HDD,s and boot with WXP CD, get into recovery console, i should be able to format HDD OK?
     
  6. barndoor

    barndoor Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5
    Sorted,
    Used this method-
    go into Control Panel/Admin Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management and select the old drive you wish to reformat

    Still makes you nervous tho when you do not do it often, started my system up last week, message said "Cannot load Windows some system file missing"
    Oh S_ _ t ! went into recovery console, which said WXP was on D: did not click at first, then realised that the HDD boot order had changed in BIOS, how i do not Know, got it back straight away!

    Thanks (y)
     
  7. Elvandil

    Elvandil

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2003
    Messages:
    51,988
    I guess we assumed that Disk Management is where you couldn't accomplish the format originally.

    You can mark your own threads "solved" using the Thread Tools.
     
  8. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/595772

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice