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How to Format your Hard Drive using Windows XP


Before formatting your hard drive you should take the opportunity to back up all important files and folders. As soon as you reformat your hard drive ALL data on that drive or partition will be destroyed.

1. Before you can format your drive from the Windows XP CD you must ensure that your pc is able to boot directly from the CD -(see Enabling CD-ROM support in the BIOS at the bottom of the page)


2. Insert the XP CD into your CD-ROM and reboot your machine.

3. When the Welcome to Setup screen appears press Enter

4. The next screen will show the license agreement. To accept press F8

5. Setup will now scan your drive for existing copies of Windows.

6. If another copy of Windows is found you will be given two options....
a) Repair
b) Install New Copy

7. You need to install a New Copy so press ESC

8. The next Window will show a list of all current drives and partitions.

9. Select the C: drive for your installation to be installed to and press Enter

10. The next window will show the format options. These are:

  emoticon Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (quick)
  emoticon Format the partition by using the FAT32 file system (quick)
  emoticon Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
  emoticon Format the partition by using the FAT32 file system

Leave the current file system intact (No Changes)

The FAT32 file system is not available if your hard drive or selected partition is larger than 32GB

11. Select the file system you want to use and press Enter

12. Your hard drive/partition will now begin to format

13. After formatting has been completed Windows XP will continue to install on your hard drive.


Enable CD-ROM Support in The BIOS

CD support is essential for booting most of the modern operating systems and, so long as your pc is not too old, this option should be enabled by default. Sometimes, however, this is not the case and you have to delve into the BIOS in order to set things up correctly. This is not as daunting as one would imagine, as you will see from the following instructions:

1. Boot your PC

2. As the BIOS information appears i.e., memory check etc, you should see, at the bottom of the screen something to the effect of "To enter BIOS press DEL."

3. It may not always be the DEL key (this is for Award BIOS). You can always check with your PC manual or Motherboard handbook.

4. A DOS type menu should now appear

5. Look at the BIOS menu and you should see an option marked 'Advanced BIOS Features.' Use the up and down arrow keys and highlight this option then press Enter.

6. When the Advanced BIOS Features window opens look down the list until you come across an entry marked 'First Boot Device.'

7. If your CD is the first boot device then this should read CD-ROM.

8. By using the PAGEUP and PAGEDOWN keys you should be able to toggle through the First Boot Device Options and change it accordingly.

9. For convenience I always use the following options:

  emoticon First Boot Device CD-ROM
  emoticon Second Boot Device Floppy
  emoticon Third Boot Device Hard Drive (0)

10. By using these options you will not need to alter the boot up sequence after you have finished installing your operating system.

11. Once you have made the necessary changes to the boot sequence press ESC to return back to the main menu.

12. Finally, using the up and down arrow keys select the option Save and Exit CMOS

13. You need to confirm that you want this option to execute, so press Y followed by Enter

14. Your changes will now be saved

15. Your PC will now reboot, so quickly insert your Windows XP or ME CD into your CD-ROM so that setup can begin installing your operating system



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