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Help, please?

by heylookbjsgay / April 12, 2008 8:14 AM PDT

Recently I have messed up my computer pretty badly.
I tried dual booting another OS, now when I try to start windows, I get an error: Winload.exe could not open.
I have a recovery partition on this computer, but also fails to load with a black screen.
I have a CD with XP on it but it fails to load cause it can't find C:/

Is there anyway i can completely format my hard drive without loading an OS?
I really need help, so it would be appreciated.

Thank you!

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Why Format Without Loading An Operating System?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 12, 2008 10:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Help, please?

It's not clear what you're asking here.. If you're not going to load an operating system, then you might as well throw the hard drive in the trash.. That way, you don't need to spend the time formatting..

"Is there anyway i can completely format my hard drive without loading an OS?"
Yes, wiping the drive with a program like Dban, then using an old Windows 98 boot disc will allow you to format the drive.. But after that, if you want to use the computer, you're going to need to load an operating system.

On the other hand, if you're trying to load Windows XP on a clean hard drive, then "finding C" isn't needed.. Place the XP disc in the drive, restart the computer and as long as the BIOS boot order is set to load the DVD/CD drive first, you'll get a request to "Press any key" to boot from the CD.. Once that's done, the XP disc will format the drive, then load the XP operating system..

That is assuming the hard drive is not dead or you have a SATA drive which has SATA/RAID support enabled.. If "Native SATA Support" is enabled in the BIOS, try disabling it first so XP will see the hard drive.

Hope this helps.


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by heylookbjsgay / April 12, 2008 12:54 PM PDT

The point is I can't even load windows

If i could wipe the HD I could load an OS, but there is something wrong because when I try and put the CD in, it doesn't recognize there is even a C:/ drive, let alone any drive.

When i click repair or continue instillation, I get a screen: "Windows has to shutdown to prevent damage"

I will try disabling SATA and keep you updated..


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by heylookbjsgay / April 12, 2008 2:25 PM PDT
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That was the problem, with the SATA setting.
Thanks a ton, I just need to work on getting all the correct drivers since I had Vista, now I have XP.


Thanks again!

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Brand Name And Model Number?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 13, 2008 5:58 AM PDT
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