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There are many ways to reformat a hard drive one of them is this:

if you're using windows XP, open your explorer window then right-click on your hard drive. on the menu you will see the format option. click it... then follow simple instructions then your done.

if your formatting you main hard drive:

you're gonna need you os disk (e.i. windows XP). you need to boot from your cd rom or dvd rom. os disks has a capability to reformat the disk first before you install them.

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