Question On Reformatting Harddrive

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wiseguyz408

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Hello,

I am looking to whipe my harddrive so i can install Windows XP Clean on My computer I am currently running Windows 98SE. I do not have a reformatting disk but i do have the program System Mechanics 4 Professional and there is an option in there to Whipe Your Harddrive. Is that the same as re formmating the Drive So i can install XP Fresh?

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Ron
 
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If you're going to install Windows XP, it already has a formatting feature built in. During the install, it'll ask you which hard drive to use, and then if you want to format it. Format using NTFS (unless you plan on having two operating systems on that machine).
 

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The XP CD has everything you need to do the partitioning, formatting and installing and using it is, in my opinion, the easiest way to go about it.

Just boot the computer with the XP CD in the CD drive and follow the prompts on the screen.

If it won't boot from the CD, go into the BIOS and move the CD drive to first in the boot order.
 

wiseguyz408

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I tryed doing it through XP but everytime it tells me to hit Delete to format my drive i get an blue screen with an error message and it wont let me. I can give you the exact message when i get home, but is whiping the drive with that program an option? because my computer has so much trouble to begin with i just want to get everything off before i install XP.
 
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Another option is to create a DOS boot disk (see bootdisk.com). If you look at the contents of the disk, you should see format.com or format.exe (not sure which one it is). As long as you have the format item on the disk, you will be able to do it from the boot disk.

If it isn't there and you have Win98 on a computer somewhere, you can do a search on the Win98 machine and copy it to the disk.

Hope this helps,

MBN
 
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