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An easy one for you guys, about formating.

I just want to start over with my computer and I would like to know whats the correct way to format my hard-drive, i already have a way to back up my files so no need to worry about that, what i dont have is a windows Cd, should I buy the program(windows)? or is there another way, and what else should i do? Thank you.

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Do you have the original

Master/Restore/Recovery cd's that came with the computer? I was just working yesterday on a computer made by that they sold on some home shopper's channel and discovered that they have the whole windows XP installation information in a hidden partition, but no way to be able to burn a copy of it to a cd to create your own install cd....and no cd's with XP came with the system. Instead, they give you a floppy disk with the 'ghost' and .bat file information on it that you boot up with, it automatically looks to the hidden partition and then starts the installation.

However, I tried to make a copy of the floppy disk so she would always have a couple of them since floppy disks die in a short amount of time (this one is two years old).....and the floppy disk is dead, dead, dead. So she's SOL unless I can figure out a way to get that floppy disk copied and hope her harddrive never dies because if it needs to be replaced, there goes the XP install partition, too.

If you have a HP system, they also have a hidden partition, but they have instructions they can give you which lets you create your own installation cd from the files in that partition.

Let us know your set up and we'll help you get the job done, if we can.


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does that hidden partition show in FDISK?

Also you might check to see if it is simply hidden through a registry edit.

Look in the HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer key and see if there is a NoDrives entry. If there is what is the value? Anything other than a 0 indicates a hidden partition (an 8 for instance would indicate that the D drive was hidden)

If so the GHOST image is still available if you are sure that is what it is rather than another imaging system.

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