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xp home...wont reformat/do a disc clean

by whatsgood / November 10, 2005 10:30 AM PST

not sure whats wrong :(...
i want to reformat my C drive only and keep d drive...

i cant reformat..and norton 02 doesnt want to do clean my disc (it just stays reading)
i have xp home disc i put it in and restart the comp...
i changed in bios to start from disc drive....
everything looks fine x-cept last time i reformated, I remember being asked what drive i wanted to format...

i was worried about losing both C and D drive so i chose "Repair xp"

i did that and i still have my old stuff on both drives..

how can i erase and start from scratch on my C drive only???

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Yes, be very careful
by Brianstech / November 10, 2005 4:06 PM PST

I can't even speculate what your current problem is without more certain specifics, but DON'T DO ANYTHING until you disconnect your D: drive.

That is the easiest way to protect your permanent files. Take this advice from an idiot, who learned the hard way.

It's late, I'll check back tomorrow.

Disconnect your D:

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by jeniesis1 / November 10, 2005 4:54 PM PST

do you have a single drive? What Brand, Model, Capacity? is your D drive a partition on that drive or is it a separate drive? if your D is another separate drive, then by all means disconnect it before formatting. if both c and d are partitions of a single drive, you can either try a third party formatting software (do a google search) or this: Right click "MyComputer"> Manage>Disk Management. On the right pane you should see your C drive (and all other partitions and drives on your system. Right click the partition you want to format and click format.*

*I'm assuming that you have booted from a separate drive. you cannot format drive c if this is where you booted windows from.

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