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Re-formatting XP computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by stuartp77, Jul 30, 2006.

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  1. stuartp77

    stuartp77 Thread Starter

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    If I re-format my HD using the XP facility, I believe I boot with the CD-ROM in, choose "Install Windows XP", New Installation (Advanced) and re-formatting begins.

    But I need to know, does the re-formatting take in the whole HD, as I have it divided into two parts, C: and D:. And does it then leave the HD as one partition and/or give me the procedure how to divide it into two again?

    Some advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Stuartp77
     
  2. Rache

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    It will auto see the existing partitions and give you the options to delete partitions or create partitions and also to format.
     
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  4. stuartp77

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    Hi Rache.

    Thanks for your help. As you can tell, I'm not too familiar with the intricacies of computer operations. So may I ask you another ?

    My HD is 30 gb and the few programs I use (including the 3rd party programs I "couldn't resist installing", some of which I think have caused my problems) still leave me 80% of the drive unused. So I'll be most careful after re-formatting only to use those that are essential for every-day computing, nothing fancy, as I don't have much time for much else anyway.

    But is it necessary to have two partitions in such a smallish HD? I was keeping Win XP and utilities on C:\ and programs and data on D:\. But my WPs files from Open Office are in My Documents now which is on C:\.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Stuartp77
     
  5. Old Rich

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    When you use a second partition for the data, you need to change the location Windows stores the My Documents files

    Right click in My Documents . . select Properties . . Move . . navigate to the second partition ( D: in your case ) and when it asks if you want to move the files, select yes.

    From then on, the default location for My Documents is on the second partition. This can be very handy if you are forced to reinstall the Operating System.

    There is no advantage to putting applications on the second partition since they must be reinstalled after the O/S is.

    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 any or all partitions and then recreate one or more, then proceed to formatting and installing XP.
     
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