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Try to format my hard drive it will not format. or at least i cannot find anything that has.. all it will do is copy over the old windows but i know there is a better way to clear everything off!

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To do a format of C drive, you will have to make sure you have a copy of a windows XP or Vista and all your backup files of your drivers. Place the cd in your drive. Restart the computer and press F12 and choose to boot from CD/DVD rom. When the computer goes to boot it will ask you to press any key.
For XP Once it loads there will be 3 options. Choose to first to setup xp and press enter. Then press F8 to go to next page. Then there will be another menu and two options. Below is also the current setup "C:\Windows "Microsoft Windows XP......."".
Anyway press ESC key to install fresh copy of windows. Then there will be 3 options. Select the 3 option to delete partition, which will wipe the whole drive completely. Then press ENTER to delete. And press L to delete once again. Press ENTER again to start Setup. You will asked to format drive first, choose quick format NTFS system for xp. Then follow on screen instructions and your on you way to install a fresh copy of windows and a clean hard drive. Good Luck! If CD doesn't boot go to bios and advanced settings choose boot sequence so that CD Rom is the first to load.

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Go into the control panel. click administrative tools. open computer management. click the tab called disk management. make sure the drive you want to format isnt the system drive. (it wont let you format while running) and format the drive from there. you can also choose the drive letter you want to format to. very useful if you are a neat person. (C: MAIN, D: documents, M: music, Z: dvd writer, V: virtual memory.........)

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