The simplest way is to choose to delete/create partitions when prompted as part of the Windows installation process. However, the options provided are minimal and many have found the process to be unintuitive. Thus, the alternative is to download a partitioning application, such as GParted, burn it to a CD, boot to the CD, and use it to partition the drives as you wish.
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I'm using an older custom built computer. I have a Maxtor 60gig hard drive and a Seagate 200 gig hard drive. I had a problem recently when the Maxtor drive would not bootup. I'm using XP Home Edition with SP3. I decided to use a partition set aside on the larger Seagate hard drive and install XP there. I would like to re format the smaller drive, but the Local Drive C: located on that drive can't be formatted from inside Windows XP.
I don't mind starting all over again and simply erase and re partition the drives and reinstall Windows XP. Where can I get accurate and simple instructions on starting out again with these two drives? I have everything backed up and no need to be concerned about losing data. However, I did ruin a hard drive some years ago by improperly deleting partitions. Don't want to do that again!
I appreciate any help on this.