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H P dv 4000 how to reformat c drive i have a 1oo gig hard drive how much space do i allow for xp home ed and sbhould i use a fat 32 or the other type

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  • Anonymous Aug 24, 2008

    ok this is the second time i have had to renstall i thaught last time and this time that when you deleat a partishion it wipes like it tells you but now my 100 gig is a 30 gig with 3 windows xp on it Lol so dose the restore disks if i dont use the fat32 and go with the other one will it deleat every thing as i never used the restore disks befor ...???

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Not sure what Disks are shipped with your Notebook....

If your Notebook is shipped with Restore disks, you need to first insert the Disk in the DVD Drive and close it.

Now, restart the Notebook and start tapping the Esc key which displays the boot order.

Select the DVD Drive as the first boot device and save the settings.

The Notebook will start with the Restore Disk.

Follow the onscreen instructions and complete the reinstallation.

Better if you go with NTFS file system rather than FAT.

However, I am not sure whether you will get an option to select the file system.

Hope this helps...

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

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