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Eyther

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Hello,

I had received help from your website before and I wondered if you could help me with this topic as well.

I need to completely re-format my computer. I want to do a total take down and re-format. Can you tell me how to accomplish this? I know how to get the stuff back on the computer, I just don't know how to take it all the way down.

Thank you,
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You don't say what the file system is but perhaps the fastest way to cover most bases is to boot with a 9x boot floppy and FDISK /MBR followed by FDISK and delete all the partitions. Then if you are still going to use XP as is indicated in your signature OS - format your drive with the XP CD.

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Note: (extra little tidbit) If the drive was originally setup using a drive overlay or was part of a RAID array, jumper it as a slave, put it in a different computer and then FDISK it.
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The quickest and easiest way to do it is to just put a win xp cd in and select the reformat option. It is the easiest way and i have had to do it a few times myself its not hard you just reinstall the os and re-register.
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The quickest and easiest way to do it is to just put a win xp cd in and select the reformat option


Unfortunately, that doesn't cover drive overlays, third party utilities or some of the more complex boot loaders - it will work just fine however if the drive was originally setup using windows only tools.

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I only ever used the windows only tools, so i never had a problem with it. If you only want to get rid off all that miscelaneoud crap that you collect over time its the easiest way to do it.
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