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Can't use the delete partition function

hi, i'm trying to format my hard drive but the format and delete partiton option in disk management isn't functioning. My question is, obviously, how do i enable it. Thanks

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Which hard drive?

If it's the one with Windows installed, it won't allow this. If it's a second drive or USB, it should do so as long as there's no permissions issue.

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oops, yep it's the Primary drive

hey, thanks for the quick response. Yes, it's the one with windows installed. what i'm really trying to do is format completely. i re-installed window xp but it somehow kept all my old folders like mydocuments, and program files. just want to wipe the lot. I remeber in windows 98 that it was simply a case of format c: and the job was done. Any ideas? Thankyou

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During the install process

During the install process, you'll be given a choice of where you want to install Windows. Pay careful attention, because you also have the option of altering the partition table. Just delete the current partition, make a new one of exactly the same size, and you'll be given the option to format.

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sounds like you did a "repair install"

start again and when you see the screen that says:
"if one of the windows installations is damaged,
setup can try to repair it"

press "Escape" for a fresh install


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