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Formating Hard Drive

by mudfish67 / February 28, 2007 10:29 PM PST

I want to format my main hard drive. I do not have a floppy drive to make a bootable disk. I tried using the Maxtor software that came with the drive when I first bought it. It will not let me format the drive because it is my boot drive. How do I get around this? I have Win XP. Please Help.

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Re: formatting with WinXP
by Kees Bakker / February 28, 2007 10:33 PM PST
In reply to: Formating Hard Drive

Boot from your Windows XP CD and tell the setup you want to format your harddrive before it installs XP.
Make the right choices on http://www.windowsreinstall.com for a detailed instruction.

Just to check: are you sure you've got all necessary drivers, the setup-files of all your application programs and a copy of all data you don't want to lose?

Hope this helps.


Kees

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BIOS
by mudfish67 / March 1, 2007 12:42 AM PST

I can't get into the BIOS on startup so I can't change the bootup order. (ie boot from cd instead of hard drive) It is asking for a password. I never set it up to use a password. I do have all my disks for drivers and such.

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Laptop or Desktop, If the latter
by retired / March 1, 2007 1:43 AM PST
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First, why the need to format?
by retired / February 28, 2007 10:37 PM PST
In reply to: Formating Hard Drive

You do know I'm sure that you will lose everything. That said, you will need to use the XP/OS CD to boot with and do the format from it.

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