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I think you mean just format the hard drive if so insert your windows installation disk then select drive options and format the drive then install windows again. Formatting the drive will delete everything so if this isnt what you want dont do it. Hope this helps
you format a computer hard drive you will lose everything that is on
the drive. Therefore, it is very important to back up anything you
might want later. Additionally, if you are going to be formatting and
installing XP you need to make sure you have the discs for any
applications or third party hardware you use since you will need to
re-install your programs and drivers after re-installing Windows.
a moment to think of anything that you have on the computer that you
wouldn't want to lose. Generally, you probably want everything in your
My Documents folder, and you also want to save things like your
favorites or bookmarks from your Web browser. Remember that each user
on the computer has his or her own My Documents folder, Desktop items
Save everything to a CD, DVD or a hard drive that you won't be formatting.
Formatting a Secondary Hard Drive
Right-Click on the "My Computer" icon either on your desktop or in the Start Menu and select "Manage."
new window titled "Computer Management" comes up. Select "Storage" from
the left hand side by clicking it once, then select "Disk
Management(local)" from the right side by double-clicking it.
Now in the lower part of the main frame (right side) of the window you should see a nice visual of all your hard drives.
Each line is a different drive. Each box on a line (with a colored bar
at the top and a size displayed in MB or GB) is a partition on the
drive. Partitions are separations of space on a drive. Unless you are
doing something specific that requires multiple partitions, you only
want one partition per drive.
you must delete any existing partitions on the drive you are going to
format. Do this by right-clicking on the partition's box and selecting
"Delete Partition..." Since you already know that you will be deleting
everything on the drive, and have already backed everything up, you can
safely say yes to any warning the computer presents you with.
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there are multiple partitions make sure you have saved everything off
them since they might each have different drive letters (i.e. "D:" or
"F:"). Then repeat the above step for each of them. If you only want to
format one partition that is OK and you can continue to the next step
without deleting the other partitions.
box for the drive to be formatted should now have a black bar at the
top of it and should say "Unallocated" under its size (see picture).
Right click on it and select "New Partition..." The New Partition
Wizard comes up.
the New Partition Wizard click next. On the next page make sure
"Primary Partition" is selected and click next. Now make the size equal
to the maximum (it should already be set to it), and click next again.
On the next page the computer will automatically choose the first
available drive letter for the new drive. However, if you like you can
choose another drive letter from the drop-down menu, and then click
the New Partition Wizard asks if you would like to format the new
partition and if so what format. Choose "NTFS" as it is faster and more
secure. Leave the "Allocation unit size" as "Default." In the "Volume
label" field enter whatever name you want the drive to have. Simple is
better. Avoid using spaces. Lastly, if the drive is brand new and has
never been used before check the "Perform a quick format" box. If the
drive has been used before leave this box unchecked. Leave the "Enable
file and folder compression" box unchecked and click next. Then on the
next page click finish.
wizard will now spend a little while formatting the drive. On old or
large drives this may take a while. Do not close the "Computer
Management" window until it finishes. You will know it is done when the
word under the size of the drive changes from "Formatting" to "Healthy"
and the name and drive letter you chose for the new drive show up.
After it is finished you can proceed to use your newly formatted drive.
You can replace the hard drive with a larger capacity hard drive. Best bet would be a 250GB .
Hard drive have come down in prices, you should be able to get a 250 GB. for less then $100.
Western Digital ansd Seagate are my preference.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
First put the hdd installation cd into the cd drive and try to boot. This should install the hdd driver as well as start formatting the new hdd. After the drive is formatted take out the hdd cd & insert the Windows installation cd into the drive. Boot. Windows should start installing on your new drive. After Windows is installed check the Dell support site for updated drivers for your system. Install drivers as needed. Any other software you had on your old drive will need to be reinstalled to the new drive. Hope this helps & please rate my answer. Thanks.
Check Computer Management / Disk Management. Windows on Windows XP, Probably the Drive needs formatting first and partitioning before it will visible on My Computer. By Default the new Hard Drive is "Unpartitioned / Unallocated". So acess disk Management to format and partition the Hard Drive.
To access the computer management and disk management and create and partition under disk management, Check Videos for guide :
if you are formatting your computer for the first time and if you bought your computer after 2005 then just press <Ctrl> + <F11> keys right at the dell logo on startup, you will boot to dell PC restore. This will restore your computer back to the factory settings including WinXP, all the drivers and softwares.
If you bought your computer before oct 2005: then follow these steps.
1) start you computer and at the dell splash logo tap <Del> key to enter setup. (restart and retry till you see entering setup)
2) select Boot from the tabs above using arrow keys.
3) select boot device priority press <ENTER>.
4) select ATAPI CDROM, <ENTER>.
5). insert WIN XP CD in the top drive of the computer and press <F10> select yes.(this will restart your computer).
6) after reboot you will see " press any key to boot from CD" press any key within 5 sec on this message.
7) Press <ENTER> to install
8) Press <F8> on next screen
9) Press <ESC> on next screen(Options may vary on this screen , read instructions).
10) select partition using arrow keys press <ENTER>
11) select NTFS/NTFS quick, anyone. and press F on the next screen...
this wil start WIn XP set up and concludes the formatting of the HDD with Win XP CD.