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My Computer has two drives - C & D C drive has an OS dos D has Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 My question is whether I can format seperately drive D ? Will the data stored in drive C become effected ?

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  • Kamal Shukla Dec 11, 2008

    1 hard drive partioned in two. Want to format one partion. what about the data in the unformatted partition

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How many actual hard drives are in your computer? Open the thing up and take a look. You could only have 1 hard drive that is partitioned to look like 2. Just google image hard drives then look in you computer for how many you have. If they are different drives then nothing will happen to info on C, but if its 1 drive partitioned I would do further research.

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  • Chaz G
    Chaz G Dec 11, 2008

    As long as you select the right drive (partition D) then everything in C should be intact.

    Goodluck and be careful and you should be fine.


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you can do a clean install from your usb. i use this setup for all my flash drive boots.
WinSetupFromUSB - Install Windows XP from USB Flash Drive

This guide will show you, how to use WinSetupFromUSB to create a bootable USB Flash Drive including all Windows source files, plus the following installation of Windows XP. Compare to the different USB_Multiboot versions, WinSetupFromUSB comes with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and is in my opinion easier to use.

Here you can get the latest version of the program and you will also find many detailed informations about WinSetupFromUSB.

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Prerequisites:

All you need is:

a USB Flash Drive with at least 1GB of storage
the original Windows XP Setup CD
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WinSetupFromUSB - main window
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PeToUSB

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The ESC key is used by ASUS for the Eee PC series.
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