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Question: Clean Install with multiple HDD

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by fce, May 1, 2010.

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  1. fce

    fce Thread Starter

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    I will do clean install of XP operating system for my friend. Here are my questions:

    1> The desktop is 4years old with 4 HDD. How should I zero out all the HDD? I guess one HDD is for operating system and the other 3 is for back ups that ready to delete or reformat.

    2> If I do the clean install and let the 3 HDD remain there as another back up....any performance issue or it will slow down the clean install HDD?

    3> I'm not sure if the 3 HDD is really Hard Drive....how can I know if the 3 HDD is really HDD or just a partition?

    4> Any advise or step by step procedure of doing XP clean install? The desktop is Dell XPS

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    If the system is still bootable, use disk management to see how many drives are installed and what partitions each of them have.

    Most Dell PCs have a recovery partition that makes reinstalling XP a breeze, and only takes a half hour.

    If you Install XP manually from the CD it will damage this recovery partition and is very difficult to repair if you ever want to use it again.


    What model XPS?

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