Question about HP Pavilion DV2500T 14.1" NOTEBOOK LAPTOP PC (Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20 GHz/4MB L2 Cache, 3GB RAM,... (RM922AAR1)
Ok ready, lets get this done for you, first if running two different operating systems on 1 computer, you need to make partitions on the hard drive. If you choose t do this and keep the exhisting data on the machine, "otherwise you will wipe the drive when you formatt it". In order to install xp from the disk it is going to ask you if you want to partition the drive, you should yes because it won't work otherwise. You need a utility like partition magic or Paragon partition. you have no choice,if you have decided on running two different Operating systems on 1 drive you need at least two partitions. What that message is telling you is that it's looking for another drive because it's assuming that you already know this, that's why it is searching for the HD. If you choose to get rid of Vista and go back to XP pro, I have both an don't use either, I use a hybid of XP, but that's another discussion. So if you want to put xp back in, you go into the bios, set the dvdr/rw as the first drive in the boot order, then when you reboot it wil say 'booting from dvdor cd, press any key to boot drom HD. so once you allow it to boot from the HD, you will get that message that says do you want to repair, install, create a partition, then it will show you the vista partition and ask you what you want to do, there is only one thingto do and that is to formatt the only partition the one that has Vista on it, once you click ok, that's it your data is gone. That is why I suggested the partition magic or similar programs because it allows you to create seperate partitions without fomatting the entire drive. that'sit in a nutshell, best of luck , Gym
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
Yes you'll have to format the drive before you put xp on...you can use a boot disk with something like fdisk on it...you can boot using a HIREN boot disk (which has FDISK on it) or Roadstarter which is a bootable CD with a whole host of utilities including FDISK.....
or boot with a windows XP disk and choose the repair with console option ...at the command prompt type in FDISK and you will wipe all the data and partition tables ....giving you a raw data drive to install Win XP to
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
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