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reformatting a cmputer with 2 hard drives

I am not really a newbie newbie. I have reformatted several times. But now I have a computer that has 2 hard drives, and one of those hard drives is partitioned. I would like to reformat and wonder if there is something I need to know before doing this?
Any and all tips will be greatly appreciated.

Windows xp2

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Sure you have two hard drives or one hard drive with

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two partitions ?


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2 hard drives, only one partitioned

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So it reads (c:), (d:), and (p:)
one is 80 gigs the other is 40gigs

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Guess you could use the OS CD but thinking you

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could also go to BOOTDISK.COM and download one of the versions of BOOTDISK that will allow you to create a floppy disk or possibly a bootable CD and allow you to format whatever partition(s) you want.

Just to be sure what partition you're formatting . . .I always add a volume label to each partition which helps me know for sure which disk and partition I'm about to change or in this case FORMAT. If you want to FORMAT can convert from FAT32 to NTFS under Windows.

Let us know how you do it and how it goes.


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what is the name of the manufacture

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do you have your manufacture's disc? or win xp disc. if so look in the help section of the disc on formamtting drives. or start in safe mode and doit from there.

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No problem.

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You don't format a drive. You format a partition. So if you let Windows XP setup format c:, the contents of d: and p: will be unchanged.

If you want to be VERY sure, just disconnect that second driver during the reinstall of the OS.


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more info

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you can format just one portion with the win xp cd but make sure you are on that partion best way is to check volume size if it matches your on right partion but if you have multipul partion at same size windows drive is almost always C: drive unless you changed it just let win xp setup run till it asked you where to install


P.S. ask if you need more info I format and install ever other week.

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Thanks so much

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For all the great tips

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