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Self partitioning hard drive

I have a emachines EL1200-o6W and need to reformat i ran my backup cd's and somehow ended up with a 9.8gb partition i cant seem to get rid of and this comp did not come with a restore cd i had to make the back up cd's and when i try to install a diffrent opperating system (vista hp) i recieve an error and it will not let me format or delete any existing partitions help please?

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  • dm2630 Jul 31, 2009

    unforchantely my comp did n ot come with a windows xp installation disc and when i try to format using the fresh install of windows vista it will not let me

  • Raman Katwal
    Raman Katwal May 11, 2010

    Hi, Please backup all you data on DVD/CD's. So that later you will not suffer specially drivers and personal data. Try to reformat the C: with Windows Xp installation disc. Then try with Windows Vista installations. If any issue please mail me at katwal.raman@gmail.com with the details and steps you followed.

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The 9.8gig is proberbly your back up system made by your cds have you tried going into bios and change bootup to dvd insert vista cd first then do clean install follow menu to delete partitions

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