Re-formatting the Hard Drive

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A friend back from uni has asked me, due to several problems with his PC (running xp), to re-format his Hard Drive.

Although I don't know how to do it myself, I said I would find out and help him out.

Now, I have found on many occasions a great deal of experts on Ozzu so I am looking for your help to help me though this.

So really, what do I need to do?

Thanks for your help.
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With XP, it's really simple.

http://www.buildeasypc.com/sw/windows_xp.htm

Just follow the instructions at the above link.

You probably won't need to repartition the drive. Just select the partition on which the old XP installation resides. (step 6).

After that, select what type of format you want and you are on your way.
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hmm
all i did is get a boot disc, use fdisk, delete all the partitions and allow windows to do a full re-format of the drive
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nucleo, i'm due a format, my lad usually does it for me, i have saved what i need will copy to nero, whats the first thing to make a boot disc please.
Is it just copy cdrive...?
After which i can follow the steps to clean up, but will still need to wait for lad to put everything back, hopefully not that long, but he works away.
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check this guide
http://www.logan.eclipse.co.uk/fdisk%20 ... ioning.htm
gah, i had a site for downloading a ready made boot disc...but i can't find it now

\\EDIT
found it

http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml
download the MS Dos V6 file

then put a floppy disc in and allow it to copy the files needed.

1) now all you do is put the floppy disc in ur A: drive.
2) restart your computer
3) allow it to boot into dos
4) type "A:/" (without ")
5) type "FDISK.exe"

now with my experience that should open fdisk, this now allows you to make changes to your HD partitians.
normally I just delete all the partitions, this forces windows to totally re-format the HD, and you then re-create the partitions.
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Thankyou nucleo, i appreciate your help, never did know how to format lololol
Thanks.
suzie.
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Thanks a lot JrzyCrim,
Why do i feel nervous lololol that link is superb..
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jrzycrim said
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With XP, it's really simple.

http://www.buildeasypc.com/sw/windows_xp.htm

Just follow the instructions at the above link.

You probably won't need to repartition the drive. Just select the partition on which the old XP installation resides. (step 6).

After that, select what type of format you want and you are on your way.


when i try that it tells me that installing an OS on a partition already containing an OS will cause problems. Do i ignore these warnings and continue?

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