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How can I reformat the hard drive?

by 57184558 / May 24, 2007 5:30 AM PDT

I'm trying to reformat my computer but there's a problem...
I right click the C: Drive, click format and when I try to start I get this:
I tried closing all windows and exiting any programs that were running, but I still get this :/
Any help is appreciated, thanks Grin

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by jackson dougless / May 24, 2007 5:43 AM PDT

There's a good reason why what you're trying to do won't work, and if you think about it for a little bit, you'll probably figure it out.

Formatting your computer requires only a few simple steps, which I'll list.

1: Insert your Windows installation CD into the drive
2: Reboot the computer
3: Follow on screen instructions
3a: Be sure to remain vigilant for the screen that asks you if you wish to format the drive, and to choose one of the formatting options listed

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by 57184558 / May 24, 2007 6:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Simple

If I have a Windows installation CD, I haven't seen it in a while <_<;
are you sure it's necessary just for formatting my hard drive?

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"Do I need the XP CD?" Yes and no.
by Kees Bakker / May 24, 2007 7:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Well...

Yes, it's by far the most easy way.

No, you can format from the recovery console, and you can run the recovery console (after installing it on the hard disk) booting from the 6 XP setup diskettes you can download from Microsoft (see
BUT you need the XP CD to install the recovery console on the hard disk first (see And supposing you didn't do that, you need the CD to start with.

The alternative would be to mount the drive as a slave in another XP system, and format it there.

One question: if you don't have a Windows CD to reinstall Windows, what would you do with a formatted hard drive?
And another question, maybe: why do you want to format?


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by jackson dougless / May 24, 2007 7:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Well...

You don't need it just to format the drive, but if you don't have some sort of operating system installation disc, you're going to have a difficult time using your computer after formatting the drive.

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by 57184558 / May 24, 2007 2:09 PM PDT
In reply to: No

Well...I guess I just...assumed that...after would still be there...ehehehe...good thing I asked. Crap, I guess I'll see if I can find it then -_-;

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