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    very helpful ...cheers

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Firstly before you format the hard drive be aware that when you start the format process you will lose any data that is currently on that hard drive so make sure you backup all important files such as word and excel documents , pictures , music etc...


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Formatting Primary HDD
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1. Insert the Windows installation CD and restart the computer

2. Your computer should boot from the cd , or ask to press any key to boot from cd

3. at the next welcome screen press "enter"

4.Press F8 after reading the licence agreement

5.If an existing installation is detected it asks if you want to repair it , to bypass this and continue with the clean format press "esc"

6.Use the ARROW keys to select the partition or the unpartitioned space where you want to create a new partition. Press D to delete an existing partition, or press C to create a new partition. (if an existing partition exist press "D" then "C" to start from scratch")

7. If your not worried about partitions jsut press enter to create it the maximum size

8.Choose NTFS file system and press enter

9. After the install has completed follow any instructions it gives you.

10. you're all done now you will need to reinstall software , drivers etc...

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This is a tip explaining step by step how to format your Hard drive. This is as easy as 1 - 2 -3, so lets get the ball rolling.

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