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How to format my hard drive?

I basically know how to format my hard drive. I boot with my Xp CD and go through all the steps, till I reach the licensing agreement. It asks me to hit F8 to agree, nothing happens.

OS - Windows XP SP2

Which file system is best to format to? I have an 80GB hard drive.

Any help with this problem would be appreciated.


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Try this.

In reply to: How to format my hard drive?

1. Unplug USB devices.

2. If item 1 doesn't help, run the hard disk maker's disk test program to see if the hard disk is OK. It may offer a way to wipe the drive clean.


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NTFS is best, but...

In reply to: How to format my hard drive?

Basically NTFS is Microsoft's replacement for the FAT32 filing system, which offers several advancements including increased security, file encryption, and better compression. The only downside to NTFS is that it is not compatible with older operating systems. Thus, if you plan on having a multi-boot system, or want to network the computer in a mixed OS environment, FAT32 is your best bet. Since it sounds like a stand-alone computer with a single operating system, Windows XP, you could go either way, but I recommend NTFS.

But you don't have to take my word for it...check out this handy Microsoft guide which compares FAT, FAT32, and NTFS file systems to help decide which one is right for you. Then, for a nice table comparing the ''specs'' of each file system, as well as their limitations, click here.

Hope this helps,

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