Posted 30 September 2007 - 06:50 PM
Posted 30 September 2007 - 08:55 PM
I recommend using GParted for resizing partitions. You can download it from here. You will need to download the file that says "gparted-livecd-0.3.4-8.iso". Once you have saved it to your hard drive, you will then need to burn it to a blank CD as an image. This is different from burning a data disc.
If you have Nero (it's pretty common), the option is under the Copy and Backup section of StartSmart - it's called "Burn Image to Disc". If you don't have Nero, your current burning program might be able to do it for you, or there are free utilities that can do it for you. Here's a page full of examples, the one it takes you to is pretty good (It's called BurnCDCC).
Once you've finished burning it as an image, it should be a bootable CD for you. This means that when you restart your computer, it will boot to the disc in the drive. You may need to enter the BIOS first and change the Boot Order Priority so the CD drive is before the Hard Drive.
Once you're in, it should detect your hard drive and the current partitions you have. You should be able to use the box as a slider and adjust your hard drive partition size to the full amount. For better instructions, click here.
Edited by FPVDriF6, 30 September 2007 - 08:56 PM.
Posted 30 September 2007 - 09:47 PM
Posted 30 September 2007 - 10:43 PM
If it's the case that you want to completely format the drive and start again, then that's an easy one to do. Make sure you understand that this will delete everything on your hard drive, so if you have some data you want to keep (like pictures, home movies, office files), make copies of it first.
You need to make sure you have your drivers all ready to go to be installed after the XP install is finished - this is just in case Windows doesn't pick up on something properly.
Next, you can follow all the instructions found here up until this point: instead of pressing R to repair the selected installation, press ESC. You will then need to follow the next few screens very carefully. It will ask you where you want to install XP, and it should give you some options to select a partition, delete a partition etc... Just keep deleting the partitions until you have one option that says xxMB Unpartitioned Space. You should be able to select this option and create a partition. It will bring up a little box asking for the size you want the partition to be, just select all of it as the one partition and it should be good. Use the NTFS format (Don't use the quick option).
It should then format your hard drive and install Windows XP on it. This will take some time, and it may restart the computer once or twice - this is normal, don't touch anything and let it do its thing. You will most probably need to setup a few options, such as putting in your COA key (product key), and you can also select language options and networking options - usually the defaults are just fine.
Once it has finished, it will log you in for the first time. Make sure to have an anti-virus and firewall program installed before connecting your computer to the internet. I always recommend leaving the tower physically disconnected until you have done this. Some free, good programs are included in my signature - avast! Anti-virus and the Sunbelt Personal Firewall. You could burn these to a disc or copy to a thumb drive before formatting, and then install them. Then when you connect to the internet, run Windows Update to get all the latest Service Packs and other updates.
Hope this helps
Posted 30 September 2007 - 10:59 PM
Posted 01 October 2007 - 08:06 PM
Posted 01 October 2007 - 10:26 PM
It should tell you "Unpartitioned Space xxMB", however many MB it is, just select to create a partition using that space.
I'm sure that you will get it right!
Posted 05 October 2007 - 09:05 PM
Posted 06 October 2007 - 05:53 AM
Posted 06 October 2007 - 09:33 AM
Posted 06 October 2007 - 02:26 PM
Posted 06 October 2007 - 05:59 PM
You have quite a few problems going here, some of which may be related. As you have an older machine, the first thing I find suspect is the CMOS motherboard) battery. When this battery gets weak or dies, the BIOS won't properly hold it's settings and can lead to some of the problems you describe.
The battery is located on the motherboard and is usually in the lower left quarter...it looks much like a watch battery or a coin. As a first step, I would suggest replacing that with a new one and see if any of your problems resolve.
This battery being weak or dead can cause the "no operating system" errors and the misreporting of the HDD capacity...among other things.
Let us know if this helps.
Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:40 PM
Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:52 PM
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