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Wipe Hard Drives.. Reinstall windows/boot


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Okay, i have 2 hard drives. (C: 40 gig, D: 120 gig) both of which are pretty loaded with stuff... I have a couple questions and a couple problems.. first off.

I've had some serious trouble with winxp in the past. so i had to reinstall windows a couple of times... the only problem is that i couldnt overwrite the old versions. So on hardrive C, i have 2 NON working winxp os's. On my other hard drive, D I have my actual working winxp os. OKay, now my C drive is my boot drive, so i can't exactly wipe this drive first.... my second drive D has the working os on it... what should i do?

I want to wipe both hard drives clean.. I want to reinstall windows and i want to make sure that my smaller drive, C, is the boot drive(which it currently is) and it also contains my working winxp os when everything is said and done...

any help would be gladly appreciated.

thanx much.
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its like a puzzle.
hook up the small hard drive as a slave drive.
move everything from the small drive to the large one.
empty the small drive to the large one.
format the small one.
save evrything u want to keep back to the small one.
this assumes the small one is big enough.
i use a 40gig for my backup and i have 36gigs or music.
so it gets tight for me.
if u need more space look for old drives around, or burn [bleep] to cd(s).
once everything is backed up reboot.
go ahead and take your backup drive out for now for simplicity.
and get me a beer while your at it.
corona will do ty.
get to bios.
change the start drive to the cd player and the second device to the big harddrive.
put the xp cd in.
reboot whatever, boot to cd.
install xp, in doing so it asks if u want to reformat, say yes.
reformat on a 120gig may take about an hour.
u get a fresh drive, fresh operating system, and minus one beer.
once your up an running, hook that backup drive up and start moving your [bleep] onboard the main one.
dont forget to update your hardware drivers.
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thank you very much. that helps me out alot.

ps where do you want ure corona shipped to?
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ship to ...

florida alcohol consumption buruea
president of statewide consumption
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What a messy way of doing things
But hey if it works fine
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u got a not messy way to ship beer to me by all means.
the faster i get it the better off i am.
now off with you.
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Fair comment
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Maybe this will help, too:
http://www.winsupers...xp_sg_clean.asp

I like hot coffee, with half&half.

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You can get it back without a restore if you like
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hey.. when i start the win xp cd, should i choose to just delete the partition on my c drive and then install windows on that one? and then move everything i want to from my big d drive over to my c, then reformat my d drive?
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That is the way I would do it, though I have a couple questions...

A) why the small drive as the boot drive...odds are, it is slower and older

b) will you be able to fit everything form the large drive on the smaller drive?

c) do you need to reformat the larger drive? You can just as easily delete windows from the D: drive by deleting the folders once you have the new system up and running on c:
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That was my thinking
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okay, the small drive is the one that came with my computer... i have a 1.8 ghz alienware... the 120 gig hard drive is a maxtor... so by default, my smaller drive is the boot drive... can this easily be changed? if so, then i'd not hafta worry about the whole boot situation.. if i'm able to just change the boot drive to drive d... then my small 40 gig c drive would just become the storage drive... where i can easily refomat the mother and not hafta worry about any problems... seeing that my bigger 120 gig D drive has the working version of windows And would now be the boot drive as well.
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