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Re-Formatting Hard Drive (C:)

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Big_Gig, Jun 11, 2008.

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  1. Big_Gig

    Big_Gig Thread Starter

    Jun 27, 2002
    I am seriously considering doing the big "No-N0" and re-formatting my hard drive. My ex-wife will have this computer for a few months and I want to make absolutely sure that there is nothing on it that she might be able to find and use against me in a custody battle. In addition, I had Windows 2000 installed and it failed (locks up everytime you try to boot), so I installed Windows XP, which works fine except that it normally does not allow me access to all of my old files/programs. I have tried to remove "2000" a number of times in vain. I have everything I need backed up on CD Disks. I would feel more comfortable allowing my ex to use the computer if I have re-formatted the hard drive. There are other reasons as well, that I won't go into right now. I have the Windows Installation cd disk and so would be able to re-install XP. Considering that this is a done deal, any advice?

    Thank you very much,
  2. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

    Jun 24, 2004
    This would be the time to install "SP3." It in effect will put in place "SP2" and the over 100 updates thereto rather than going through the usual updating. I would run "chkdsk /r" before removing the present OS.

  3. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
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