I have attempted to reformat a hard drive with xp, but when I get to the screen that asks all the important questions on which drive C or D or E thats when I stop. After I reformat drive, how do I make sure the system reads the CD in the CD drive? Thanks
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Re: how to reformat a hard drive without worrying
Installing XP is almost automatic. After you select the drive which is always C: drive, the only time it will stop is when it ask you for your XP license. It will continue to see the cd without no issues.
Your license shpuld be on the back or side of your PC Or on the folder that the XP cd came in.
Here is a site which goes through the XP install step by step, you may not need to do the first section , since you already can boot from the cd :
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Restoring a computer to its original factory settings should be the last ditch effort in attempting to save a system that has been corrupted by viruses or defective programs. In the best case scenario, one would use the system restore CD that ships with new computers but often this CD is lost or the computer was purchased used. In this case, a factory settings restoration can still be performed by using the computer's "Advanced Boot" menu. Restart the computer. Press the "F8" key after the computer reboots but before the "Windows" logo appears on the screen. You should now see the "Advanced Boot" menu. Scroll down through the menu options using the down arrow key. Stop when "Repair Your Computer" is highlighted and hit the "Enter" key. Select the language you wish to use and press the "Enter" key. Type in the computer's administrator ID and password. Press the "Enter" key. Scroll through the options using the down arrow key. Choose "Restore (name of computer manufacturer) Settings." Press the "Enter" key. Choose "Yes" when asked if you want to reformat the hard drive. Press the "Enter" key to begin the reformatting process. The process takes a few minutes, so be patient. Do not turn off the computer or attempt to stop the process after it has begun, or this may result in major damage to the hard drive. Choose "Finish" and press the "Enter" key to restart the computer. The computer will restart with the original factory settings.
The "NTLDR is missing", error displays very shortly after the computer is first started; after the Power On Self Test (POST) is complete. Windows XP might only initially load when the NTLDR error message appears. Causes of this error message include corrupt and misconfigured files, hard drive and operating system upgrade issues, corrupt hard drive sectors, an outdated BIOS, and damaged or loose IDE cables. Get more help and information for Windows XP hope this helps you.
have you got another hard drive to test against whether your hard drive is working properly.if not try re-installing windows again ensuring that you use the full reformat not the quick one.make sure you are selecting the drive that you are replacing ,c,.is usually the default number used.any probs get back to me.
Are you trying to set up a raid configuration? If not I would reformat using the 98 disk and reinstall. (You may be able to skip installing 98, try installing xp first and it should ask for the disk containing the software (win98) that qualifies for the upgrade.
boot from xp cd and when asked where to install press 'd' (=delete partition) then press "L" (=confirmation) and thats it... your data are all gone by now...
next, create new partition, select "quick format" and continue the installation of XP.
this is not hard to do as xp has guided screens that will help you.
ok it's asking you to reinstall the cd that came with the ext hard drive to do this remove the hard drive frist after you power down you pc put your cd in after you power backup install the driver power down plug your hard drive back in window will do the rest for you Good Luck
You can run a "repair" install of XP from the CD that will basically replace the operating system without losing your data.
To do this boot from the XP Pro CD, let windows setup start, then you will get to a screen when you are prompted to select an operating system to repair, usually there will only be the one on your C: drive ... you then hit the R key to run the repair install.
If possible it is always advisable to back up any important data to dvds or an external hard drive before attempting this.
i would try to reinstall xp on the first and largest hard drive and go from there, reformat, and start from the begining. there should be no problem if you do this as long as you have a legit copy of xp and reformat.
1. make sure you backup ALL data you want, after a format it is un-retrievable without the right tools
2. put your windows XP disk in the cd drive, and turn on PC
3. when it asks "Press any key to boot form CD" hit a key
4. a blue screen will appear with writing flashing down the bottom for a few minutes until you come to a menu
5. press "enter" to start a install
6.press "esc" when it asks if you want to repair old installation
7. highlight the relevant partition and press "d" to delete old partition, then "enter" then "L"
8. it will not go back to partition menu, in which case you select "C" to create a new partition and then "enter" and "enter" again
9. select "format the partition with the NTFS file system" it will now format the hard drive, then copy files, restart by itself then begin the second part of the instiallation which im sure you could manage