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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:
http://www.tinyurl.com/2o234v
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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Simple
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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Well...
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 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994/)
BUT you need the XP CD to install the recovery console on the hard disk first (see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654). 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?

Kees

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

Well...I guess I just...assumed that...after formatting...windows 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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