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Solved: How to format with hidden recovery partition

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by machi8, Feb 2, 2007.

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  1. machi8

    machi8 Thread Starter

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    I was informed by IBM that i can format my laptop without cd by pressing F11 or F12 while the laptop is starting.
    Which of the two choices i have to select?
    Which is the process?
    If anyone knows ,please describe it because I am afraid i will make damage.Thanks a lot!
     
  2. Billy the Adult

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    More than likely it's F11. But it won't be a problem if it's not or you hit F12. One will take you to setup and the other will take you to the restore partition. If you go to setup just hit ESC and boot again choosing the other key. Once in the restore partition follow the prompts to enter the re-format (destructive) restore.
     
  3. machi8

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    Thanks a lot for your reply!I tried both and F11 is the one!Thanks!
     
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