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Why does my dell reinstallation disk not install on a formatted hard drive?

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The reintallation disk works only if you have formatted only partition C, since the copy of the OS is usually on the hard disk, and the rescue disc does not contain the OS, just boot-up and then activates the OS hidden on your hard disc to complete the installation.
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Because your disks are for reinstalling windows and programs only. It does not have any other features for you to use. What are you looking for? If you want to reinstall windows, simply put it into the computer, click restart when ready and when the startup comes again, it will say boot from cd press any key, hit enter. It should prompt you from there. Cheers.

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Follow the prompts and it has formated the hard drive and will install XP.

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