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More than one partition

I am trying to reformat my computer, and it says there are 3 different partitions. can i just delete all of them? what do they do?

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Well i think actually there should be four partitions, but correct me if not.

two should be in [NTFS] format, and two in [FAT] format

the two that are in fat format are for media, and utilities while the ones in ntfs are for windows, and backup. i would not recommend deleting any of the partitions, except the one for windows. make sure you create an ntfs partition in the empty space immediately and reformat, just to avoid some problems down the road.

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Please help me a step by step reformat a computer

1st:enter an operating system disc to your computer
2nd:when you're in the partitioning session,delete the partition that you wanted to format
3rd:then make a new partition
if you dont want to delete your operating system,or format C:,do this
1st:open "my computer"
2nd:right click on partition that you wanted to format
3rd:select NTFS and klik "quic format"
4th:wait the process
please vote if it works
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