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-DarthMaul-

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#1 10 years ago

I inserted my windows CD...nothing that prompts me to delete partitoins...I want to wipe my Hard Drive and start fresh. There was a thread about the problems I had weeks ago, but now is the only time(vacation) with enough spare time to sit here and do all this work.




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#2 10 years ago

Restart your PC, if your Windows CD is bootable (which is usually the case for XP and later versions) boot from that CD. In the following menus you should find an entry to delete old and create new partitions.

If you can't boot from CD you either need to set your BIOS to check your CD-drive during startup (there is a list which determines in what order drives are checked for bootable devices) or create a bootdisk (with CD-ROM driver). Using the bootdisk you can either use Fdisk (from Dos-prompt) or start the windows-CD.

While you're at it you may want to set up two partitions, one for your system and one for the rest of your files.




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#3 10 years ago
While you're at it you may want to set up two partitions, one for your system and one for the rest of your files.

How I had it at first was 10GB for System and 240 the rest....I was dead wrong :P 10GB was used up real quick and I couldnt download files...Im thinking Im gonna put 25GB this time for System just to be safe, and leave the 225G for the rest on another.

And yeah I made sure in my BIOS first thing I built my rig that CD is read first. Thanks for the help.




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#4 10 years ago
-DarthMaul-;4045317I inserted my windows CD...nothing that prompts me to delete partitoins...I want to wipe my Hard Drive and start fresh. There was a thread about the problems I had weeks ago, but now is the only time(vacation) with enough spare time to sit here and do all this work.

A simple format will do the trick if you just want to wipe and start clean. As Fancypants stated, use the windows setup from boot and go through the menu's until you get to the part of where to install windows, you should be able to manage your hard drive from there.

If you installed the setup files onto the disk (aka initiated the setup from your desktop), you won't be able to do any of it, you must boot the pc with the windows setup disc inserted and load that before you normally run windows.


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#5 10 years ago

Yeah Im trying to reformat. When I restart I guess Ill run into it. And no its all still on the disk :\




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#6 10 years ago

Either that or put the hard drive in another computer and boot off of that computer's HDD, then you can use the command prompt to format or partition using fdisk.




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#7 10 years ago

I'd strongly recommend giving the entire drive to Windows and then adding multiple new disks for additional storage. This makes changes to the operating system much easier, as you won't have to mess with any kind of files you might've downloaded or created. Only programs that rely on the OS to install and operate. Much easier to clone over to a larger drive if you ever need to do so, as well.




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#8 10 years ago

That's the way I plan on setting up my next build. I have two 74GB Raptors one of which will likley be my drive for the OS and OS related apps. The other for games with slow loading levels. Then I plan to get Seagate's new 7200.11 series 500GB drive with 32MB cache for the rest of my files. It's only $125 and one of the best deals going in a HD right now.




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#9 10 years ago

What's the problem with giving the entire hard drive to a windows partition?




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#10 10 years ago
EpicLoad;4046142What's the problem with giving the entire hard drive to a windows partition?

in case your operating system gets screwed up, you can format without loosing your files, and make a clean install. if you have only one partition and you have to format, you would have to use an operating system that is bootable from a cd (like slax), and burn all your data to dvd's or cd's.

also, people that have multiple operating systems installed use partitions because it's easier to manage them.




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