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How to remove copy of Windows XP on hard drive??

by Starflite / November 1, 2004 7:15 AM PST

I have a Compaq Presario, Windows Xp, 40 gigs. I'm trying to find out how to remove the copy of Windows XP from the hard drive. I have made copies already. The drive came with a partition on it. So, the copy of Windows is seperate from the rest of the drive. I would now like to undo this to give more space on the drive.

Thanks.

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Re: How to remove copy of Windows XP on hard drive??
by radean / November 1, 2004 7:37 AM PST

Most older Compaqs come with a Restore partition. I've gone through a couple of Compaqs in the last 6 years, and on occasion, that partition, I think they called it "Quick Restore", has bailed me out.
But I think nowdays, Compaq, and HP, put all the restore info in that partition, and don't bother to give you a restore disk.

Hope you get answers from someone who maybe has tried this, but if it were me, I'd leave it strictly alone. Or at least make a good backup, and be ready to use System Restore.

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Re: How to remove copy of Windows XP on hard drive??
by dcrewchief / November 1, 2004 11:12 AM PST

my wife has a compaq presario S4020WM her pc came with a recovery partition on it. when you buy it new you can make a set of recovery disks (one time). when you go to reformat and reinstall windows you have the option to put the recovery partition back on or leave it off, its your option. i have always put it back on just in case the recovery disks get misplaced. on her pc it required 6 cd-r's. i hope has given you some clarification on what you are asking.
Donald

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Re: How to remove copy of Windows XP on hard drive??
by Starflite / November 4, 2004 11:22 AM PST

First of all I would like to say thanks a lot dcrewchief. I have the same computer your wife does Compaq S4020WM. I don't know if this is a stupid question or not, but; after reformatting with the cd roms, will the partition still be there but just blank or will the hard drive be whole. Just wondering? Wasn't quite sure.

Thanks again for your quick response.

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Re: How to remove copy of Windows XP on hard drive??
by Tinkerman / November 1, 2004 7:44 AM PST

Hi Starflite,If you have all of your original software including O/S,use a Win 98 boot disk to access fdisk and repartition your HDD.

Tinkerman.

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