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Formatting HDD I would like to format the C drive of my hard disk. The OS (MS XP Pro) files are in this drive. How do I go about formatting my hard disk???? I have the Windows XP installation cd with me. Thanking you Deepak

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  • deepak_a May 18, 2008

    At present the OS is installed in the C drive.
    Is it possible for me to load the OS in the D drive also and then format the C drive???

  • deepak_a May 21, 2008

    If i install MS XP in the D drive also, then when the computer boots up how do i know which XP is running, I mean how do i know whether the XP os installed in C drive is running or XP os installed in D drive is running???
    Is there a way i can select from which drive to run the os???


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Just go to bios and make the first boot device as cd rom then you save and exit, insert you installation cd in the rom and follow the instruction,

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  • Rajkumar Bordoloi
    Rajkumar Bordoloi May 17, 2008

    you cant format the c drive if the operating system is load in that drive you have to follow the above solution,if the os is not loaded then just go to mycomputer and right click and click on manage then click on disk management then right click on c drive and click on format

  • Rajkumar Bordoloi
    Rajkumar Bordoloi May 19, 2008

    yes you can

  • Rajkumar Bordoloi
    Rajkumar Bordoloi May 21, 2008

    you shoud get the option after the bios screen


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