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rastadapadopolus

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Ok, so i'm running windows XP now as i upgraded from ME about 3-4 weeks ago. I have decided seeing as i have the Win XP disk handy that i want to format the C drive. I made the boot disk, started up my pc this morning, came to the A:\ prompt and tried typing in "format C:". It gives me the message "Invalid drive specification", i figure this may be because i just put C: so it try "format C:\" it gives me the message "parameter format not correct - C:\". I don't know if i am doing this wrong or what but i hope you guys can help once again.

Edited by rastadapadopolus, 09 August 2005 - 02:45 AM.

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First let me get this straight.
Ur WinME is on C: and WinXP on another partition?
But if u format C:, u wont be able to boot into XP as well, as C: the primary partition.
Explain in detail why u want to format c:.
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I just want to format C because i had that spy sherrif on my computer and have came here to try and fix but it didn't work so i am wiping C partly because of that. The other part is because i just want a fresh start. I think that XP is on the C drive the same as ME but i'm not that sure. I can check if you want.
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ME and Xp both on c:, impossible.

Also SpySheriff is easy to remove, so don't give up and format ur PC.
I just saw that u have also posted in the Malware Forum, pls. be patient a Malware expert will be with U. (They are very busy).
If till tommorow u dont get a reply.
Start a new topic in the Five days-No reply Forum, to get attention.
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Well, it's ok i actually want to clear my C drive i have tons of crap on there that i don't want and i want to get ME off my system. Would it be possible to close the other topic and just use this one and clear my C drive?
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Yes, but u will have to tell me which OS is on C:, Xp or ME.
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Sorry to cause trouble but how do i check that?

Forget that, it's ME on my C drive.

Edited by rastadapadopolus, 09 August 2005 - 03:38 AM.

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Set ur BIOS to boot from CD-ROM 1st.
Insert the XP Setup CD. We will perform a fresh installtion on c:

At the screen where u are asked to select the partition:
First delete the d: (partition where XP was previously installed.)
Select C: and press enter.
Now, u will be asked to format c: in ur desired choice of file-system.
Continue the XP installtion.

After XP installtion get over.
Follow the steps below, to get back d: (freshly formated)
Start->Run.
Type compmgmt.msc. Press Enter.
In the Computer Management Window.
Expand Computer Management->Storage->Disk Mangement.
Right-click on the Unallocated Space, click on Create Partition.
Follow the wizard to ur desired settings.
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How do i make my computer boot from cd?
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U will have change the Boot Priorities in ur BIOS.
What BIOS do you have (i.e. Award, Phoenix...etc.)?
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It's ok sorted now, formatting C drive through repair in XP disk. i typed format C: it cam up with the message "CAUTION: All data on non-removeable disk drive C: will be lost!"
"proceed with format (Y/N)" i put y.
then it said "FORMAT is formatting the volume"

So is that right?
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Not, quite as ur previous XP installtion while still be there on D:.
Follow the instructions in Post#8.
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Ok, so i got round to installing XP. I have a MAJOR problem...a few of the files wont load up and install. I skipped them. What will this mean?

Edited by rastadapadopolus, 09 August 2005 - 06:23 AM.

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