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Need some help reformatting my C drive..


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Hello, I want to reformat my C drive, because its so full,and i dont know what else to get rid of on it. I had a very bad virus, so i formatted the whole computer, but, it didn't format my hard drives, like i thought was going to. I have windows xp service pack 2. I do not think the computer came with a windows disk or anything, so i dont know what to do.


It is a 250 gb hard drive, and i dont get what is taking up all the space on it. I have a lot of music, but i have a separate external hard drive for all of that. I would reallly appreciate some help on how to reformat the hard drive, and still have all the windows components and all that so the computer still works.



A HUGE thank you, in advance, to the person that assists me. Thank you =] :) :) :) :)
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i formatted the whole computer, but, it didn't format my hard drives

What do you mean by that?
How did you format computer?
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I did the 'system recovery', where it sets the computer back to factory settings.... i guess that isnt 'reformatting'.. lol... sorry... Thanks for the fast reply!


.... So, how would i get my c drive formatted, but have all my windows components still on there?
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Well, when you reset your computer to factory settings, that gave you most of your hard drive space back.
Formatting again won't make any difference, because you have to some Windows, some programs installed.
It looks like you need bigger drive.
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It didn't really put my computer back to factory settings though, i still had a bunch of programs that i put on the computer myself, still installed after the system recovery thing.... When i got the computer it had alot of free space, so when i did the systemm recovery , it should have had alot of free space, correct? mayeb i did it wrong... 250 gb is a decent amount of space, and i dont know how its almost all taken up. ..... So, even if it would'nt help that much, ... is there a way i can reformat my c drive, but keep all the windows components and stuff??? Thanks for your help so far... :)
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Is it Dell, and you ran non-destructive recovery by any chance?
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its a compaq presario sr2038x. I have no clue if i ran a 'non destructive' recovery.
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If you don't have any important data on that computer, press F10 at Compaq's logo and it'll give you an option to restore the computer to factory settings.
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alright... ill try it again.... thank you for the :) :)
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Keep us posted.
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