Reformating Hard Drive XP

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cindy1948

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I want to reformat my hard drive. I have windows XP. I have my system recovery CDs, application recovery cd, and driver recovery cd.

Can anyone tell me exactly what to do???please!!
 

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Hi and welcome. Change your bios setup to boot from cdrom, if it isn't already set that way, then pop in your system recovery cd and reboot.
 

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Pop it in and reboot first, it may already be set that way.....

If not, when the computer is restarting, there is a key to press to access the bios setup. Most often it is the DEL key, but can be F 1, F 2, or Compaq F 10. Once there, set the boot order, save changes and exit.

No, the restore cd should do everything for you. You'll have some choices to make normally.
 

cindy1948

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My son has soooooooooooooooo much stuff on this puter and this puter runs soooooooo slow. It is a sony 1.8 g, 512 ram.

Tomorrow I get the new graphics card and I guess I want this like a new puter before I install the new card.
 

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You realize, that his sooooooooooooooooooooooo much stuff will go bye bye unless he has a backup?????
 
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A few weeks ago i formatted a 30 gig hard drive into 3 drives with the partition for the c drive being less than 5 gig. In hindsight i guess i should have made it larger as i am now getting messages that say i am running out of space on the drive.
On the other partitions i have data and games and not a lot of either. My question IS i would like to redo win xp and make my 3 partitions equal in size as i once had them. What all do i need as far as boot disks go, or do i just insert the xp cd and go from there and will it come to the part where it allows you to adjust the partitions and so on.

Thanks in advance.
 

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If you go the XP route, you'll wipe everything. If that is acceptable to you....then yes....that will work.

Otherwise you can use a partitoning program like Partition Magic and resize the partitions without losing anything.
 
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Last night a friend of mine who is computer literate phoned me around ten and he told me a quick fix for my problem on the C drive. It seems that the page file is automaticly set to 1.5 times the Ram memory you have in the system, i have one gig so the page file ends up as being 1536 meg. All i did was to change the page file to another of the partitions that did not have a lot on them and now things are fine so now reformatting or such.

Thanks for any help you have given me.

Rage1.
 
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