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Formatting hard drive w/ out using XP Setup

Does anybody know of a way to format the operating system hard drive without using XP Setup? I want to do a clean install but XP keeps freezing during setup and I don't know what else to do at this point except get a new hard drive. Anybody that knows please help!!!

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There are two ways:

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1. Go to and get a bootdisk set that will allow you to format the drive;

2. Use the Windows XP Recovery Console.

You might want to try to run ''chkdsk /r'' (no quotes) when in the Recovery Console to fix any errors on the hard drive before going any further.

And, of course, backup to CD/DVD whatever you don't want to lose FIRST...

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What I learned.

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Never format with other tools. But I have used KILLDISK to wipe a drive clean to get a fresh start.

-> IF XP is hanging on install then this is a sign of troubles to come. Or you left some USB device plugged in and shouldn't have.

Your story is much too light to guess much further, but I share my lesson so you don't have to learn it again.


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Robert, has a good handle on what you should do, use KILLDISK. Same name for thier website. It will wipeout the HD and you can start anew. If you have the orginal HD tools or the those from the HD maker's support website, should get you a head-ups on what to expect. Though, you can try the XP CD to re-install, but if you hang again, give it time to correct or proceed, that can happen. Beforehand, have a minium system any "attached: device should be removed and any drivers CD, etc should be available later. NOW, if this is a restore or recovery XP CDs, then make sure your system is the way it came from the factory as much as possible, otherwise it will hang or simply take a real long time to error and then post a message, so wait for that. Give us the details of your install,s ystem, OS, ram, etc for a better answer.

enjoy -----Willy Happy

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