Formatting XP Home Hard Disk
Posted 05 May 2005 - 09:02 PM
Posted 05 May 2005 - 09:38 PM
Download the Windows ME boot disk from http://www.bootdisk.com, use it to create a bootable floppy, and then boot your system using that floppy. At the command prompt (likely A:\) type format C: and press enter.
Of course formatting will erase the entire contents of your drive. Be sure critical information is backed up.
Posted 05 May 2005 - 09:55 PM
Admin's advice will work as long as your XP wasn't formatted NTFS.. If it was, then the format command won't work as DOS doesn't/can't recognize an NTFS format..
You will have to fdisk first to remove all NON-DOS patitions, fdisk again to set a Primary DOS partition and then use the WinME floppy as per Admin's post to format the drive.
Posted 05 May 2005 - 10:08 PM
Not very often I get to add to a mod or admin's post here.. You guys are good !!
Posted 05 May 2005 - 11:37 PM
Posted 06 May 2005 - 06:09 AM
2. Now you need to go to your BIOS by clicking one of your F buttons on the top of your keyboard (Different for every make of computer)
3. Now you need to disable you hard drive and anything else as well apart from the CD drive.
4. Now save changes and exit.
5. Now put in the Windows ME CD and REboot the computer.
6. Now you need to install Windows, you will have the option to Format your hard drive when installing windows.
If you need any more help, ask for it by posting another message here.
Posted 06 May 2005 - 08:15 AM
1: Boot into BIOS and make sure the first boot device for now is set to the a: drive/floppy (normally the "delete" key but your boot screen will tell you for sure)..
2: Once you get to a: prompt, type in "fdisk" and press enter.. You will get a variety of option. Use option 4 I believe which will be to remove all NON-DOS partitions..
3: Once that is done, reboot again (leave the floppy in).. Go into fdisk once more.. This time, use the option to set a Primary DOS partition (say yes to all questions).. Once the Primary DOS partition has been set, reboot once more (leave the floppy in)..
4: When you get to a: prompt, now type in format c: and press enter.. Once again, say yes to all questions..
5: When formatting has finished, leave the floppy in and re-boot.. Use the option to "Start WITH cd-rom support".. Once everything has loaded, put your WinME cd in, change the drive to your cd-rom drive, type insetup and away you go..
Just a tad more involved than 20034663 led you to believe!!
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