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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vls76, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. vls76

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    Okay, guys, you've all been great in helping with my computer issues. One more and I think I'll be out of your hair for a while at least ;).

    The situation is I've got a computer running XP, but the hard drive is a little too small. I had a larger hard drive in my 98 machine and I've slaved that drive and installed it in this computer. I've moved everything I need to the C drive temporarily and I want to reformat the D drive to wipe out everything on it. Problem is, I know how to do it from a DOS prompt but XP doesn't seem to have one. How do I format this drive (mainly want to get rid of the operating system)?
     
  2. Old Rich

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    You do not need DOS . . enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

    If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

    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 recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.
     
  3. vls76

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    My Xp came with the new computer and I don't have a disk. Is there any other way to do it?
     
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    Sorry, there are two hard drives in the machine. The main drive has XP installed and works fine, don't have to do anything with it. The other drive was taken from another machine and has Windows 98 on it. I want to use this drive for extra storage so its operating system has to come off, along with everything else that I no longer need.
     
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    I added to the post above yours . . follow those instructions
     
  7. vls76

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    Thanks that's exactly what I needed. All better now (for the moment).
     
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    . . . (y)
     
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