Posted 18 July 2008 - 10:53 AM
Posted 18 July 2008 - 07:36 PM
Posted 19 July 2008 - 01:52 PM
If you want to wipe everything off of both drives then:
Boot from the XP CD and proceed as if you were installing. When you get to the point where it asks you to confirm what partition to installation, just D elete all of the partitions, create one on the first drive in the list, and proceed.
If you only want to wipe one drive, and you know which drive it's listed as:
Just delete the partitions on that drive and tel the setup to instalin that "unallocated space"
Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:10 AM
Posted 20 July 2008 - 07:09 AM
Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:21 AM
Sounds like you are trying to wipe C: drive through Windows and that can't be done.
You will need to boot the computer using your XP cd. From there just follow the prompts to remove all partitions and re-install Windows.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:19 PM
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:09 PM
I think you may have misunderstood what Murray was telling you...
You need to boot from the XP CD i.e insert the CD then reboot the system. You may see a message asking you to press a key if you wish to boot from CD. If there's no message & the system boots straight into windows as normal, then you need to change the boot order in the bios.
Once you've booted from the CD, you can then choose to delete the C drive. Once deleted, you then need to create a new partition using all of the unallocated (free) space. It will then need formatting. Choose to install XP to this new partition.
NB If you currently have XP installed to another partition (eg the D or E drive), you will not be able to access this after wiping the C drive. This is because there will be crucial boot files on the C drive that are required to boot XP, even if XP actually resides on a different partition. This is why you will need to reinstall XP after wiping the C drive.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 06:33 PM
Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:56 AM
Thats what I've done. I've booted from the XP disc and got rid of the partition drive so now I have just the C drive. Sorry, I'm not really clued up on all this so I'm probably not getting something thats really quite simple.
You need to wipe ALL drives/partitions. When you boot using the XP cd, one of the options you get should be to remove ALL partitions. Are you doing that?
Edited by Murray S., 21 July 2008 - 07:57 AM.
Posted 22 July 2008 - 10:14 AM
It says for XP Pro but it will be very much the same.
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