How to clean off drive to give computer to kids
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:38 PM
Posted 17 January 2006 - 02:15 PM
With the power cord disconnected from the computer, remove the large drive from the machine. Be sure to touch a metal part of the case before touching the HDD to avoid static discharge damage.
The smaller drive in this machine should already be jumpered as Master, so no changes will need to be made to that one.
We will be using This Reference for this procedure, look it over...print it out if you can. If you have any questions, now is the time to ask.
Plug the machine back in and power it up. Enter the BIOS Setup by tapping either the F1 or Delete key during boot up (It will say at the bottom of the first screen which key you need to press "Press [key] to enter setup" and set the Boot Priority as follows:
- CD_ROM (May be listed as ATAPI)
- HDD (may be listed as IDE 0
You'll want to delete any and all partitions on the drive and create a single partition using the entire available space. I would recommend formatting this drive as FAT32 to address compatability issues with the programs the kids may want to run.
Once the formatting is complete, XP should begin it's installation.
Let me know if you run into any problems.
Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:23 PM
Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:27 PM
You can count on it!
can I trust you'll stay to help me?
Posted 18 January 2006 - 09:36 PM
Will get to taking the other one apart on Friday...
Posted 18 January 2006 - 09:47 PM
It's not really too bad an operation, it just sounds hard.
Open the Device Manager for me (right click My Computer and choose Properties...click the Hardware tab then the Device Manager button) are there any yellow ! or ? listed?
Edited by wannabe1, 18 January 2006 - 11:23 PM.
Posted 18 January 2006 - 10:10 PM
Posted 22 April 2006 - 02:38 PM
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