Posted 21 February 2007 - 07:46 PM
Posted 21 February 2007 - 08:54 PM
For a 200GB Drive, in 4 hours you should be able to remove SP2, format the drive using default not quick format, install XP and SP2
If you have the firewall and anti virus programmes on discs, then you can install those before connecting to the internet, and update them first
Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:32 PM
Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:35 PM
First, uninstall SP2.
Let me know when you are done, and I will give you the next set of directions
And yes You can reformatt and reinstall one day.
For your harddrive, it should take around 1-3hours.
Edited by ultimateslacker2, 21 February 2007 - 11:36 PM.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:03 AM
Second, are you familiar with formating and installing an OS?
Third, do you have the drivers for your system? Generally the Microsoft drivers will load most devices but there are some devices that do need their own drivers.
Fourth, Is this to be a complete format and re-install? If so you don't need to uninstall anything just boot the XP CD you have and start the process. Delete the Partition you currently use and create a new one. Choose the file system you want to format to and format.
Consider that If this is a big box system the COA on the case may not pass the WGA test. For some reason unknown to me most the ones I've redone and tried to use the number on the case fail WGA but the manufacturers restore disk pass. recover the Key before formatting. Aida32 or Everest Home will show you the keys.
PC manufacturer's sites are a good place to download chipset driver from and you should do this before re-installing.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:11 AM
Posted 22 February 2007 - 02:56 AM
To me partitioning is very important. If you have ever forgotten to back up your system and had Windows crash and lost all your data on a drive you know why. *nix has done this for years and Windows user have learned how important partitioning can be.
I generally set up a 20Gig partition to load the OS on for Windows XP . This is plenty of room for most users but Gamers need considerably more, though you can install game and applications to other partitions then the C:\ drive. The rest of the space I create another partition for data. If the OS crashes you only lose the OS partition and save your data. Of course this is no substitute for regular back ups but it is a layer of added protection for your data.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:07 AM
Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:32 AM
Tip: create your partitions with the installer, install the OS to the chosen partition and format the other partition from inside the OS. (go to my computer and right click on the unformatted drive and select Format. Use the Quick format option)
Posted 23 February 2007 - 04:18 PM
NTFS is a safer file system and runs a lot more smoother.
You have a 80gb which FAT32 isn't really compatible with a FAT32 system. FAT32 is for OS'es like Win 98, ME , sometimes 2k but for 2k you have the opition for NTFS.
In this case I would go for NTFS.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 01:07 AM
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