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restoring, formatting, wriping c drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jah, Oct 5, 2003.

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  1. jah

    jah Thread Starter

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    Hi to all
    my brother has a artec computer running on xp, alot of people have used his puter and add them selfs as users but have not removed them selfs in the right way he has just got his puter back and he had to use his restore cd, it did not clean out the hard drive, so now he has nothing on the computer but his local drive is full, we has tryed to fomat the drive but it wont let us
    capacity 37.2GB
    file system NTFS
    allocation unit size 4096 bytes
    so is there any way we can clean up his puter by wriping all information of and starting new.
    p.s we are only new to computers so full information about what to do would be great.
    thanks
     
  2. Dan O

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    Make sure you first copy all your files you want to save to floppies or burn them to CDs. What you need to do is delete the NTFS partition and the Restore should recreate it. But check the documentation or with the PC vendor first. Here's a link for details how to delete the partition with extra information on a clean install of XP, which you should ignore.

    http://www.duxcw.com/faq/win/xp/clean.htm
     
  3. MysticEyes

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    Sounds like it could be a problem with the Restore CD. You could get PowerMax and use it to fitness test, then clear your drive completely (LL format). Seems to work well with all brands of drives.
     
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