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Partition reformatting

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by flowers, Feb 17, 2005.

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  1. flowers

    flowers Thread Starter

    May 11, 2001
    If i reformat my hard drive and reinstall XP will my partitions disappear
    If not how can i get rid of them
  2. Crimsy


    Jul 21, 2003
    As long you reformat a certain one (i.e., C, or D), the other one will stay unchanged.

    As for how to get rid of them, I'm afraid I don't know.
  3. rifin2005


    Feb 17, 2005
    just reformat the drive that u'll install XP, then leave the other drive unformatted, as long as they dont have any problem like virus or damages,but remember, just backup ur file before u format the drive. :)
  4. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    You can delete and recreate partitions as the first step in installing XP . . set your BIOS for 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 the ones you want and 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.

    You will have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, 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.

    This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.


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