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Formatting a laptop's c: drive

Is it safe to format the c: drive of my laptop operating on a Windows XP Home Edition right away? Will there be no problem when I will boot on the CD (installer)?

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That all depends on how much preparation you do before hand and how much experience you have installing operating systems and resolving issues that come up. Things to look out for: -Have all the hardware drivers on a readable CD. The manufacturers original CD is best. -Do a test boot to the install CD just to make sure it works. -Make sure you have a legitimate Windows software key. There should be a Microsoft sticker with the key printed on it. -Keys can only be used to install the operating system three times. If you purchased this new you should be OK, if its used the previous owner may have already reformatted a couple of times so be prepared to spend time on the phone with Microsoft. -Do this somewhere where you have access to a broad band connection so you can download the updates and patches. -Remember to pull your data, shortcuts and passwords off the hard drive before you format. -Make sure you document the software you have currently installed. Make sure you have the installation CD and the license key to reinstall them. -Some manufacturers like to create a special partition for diagnostic utilities. Make sure you don?t delete that unless you know what you?re doing. -Allow for plenty of time, it takes about an hour and a half to two hours for a pro to save data, format, reinstall and update software. If this is your first time it may take you a evening if nothing goes wrong. Bottom line is you don?t want to be doing this if you have any major projects, taxes or anything else coming up soon. Good luck.

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Install the XP discs and restart the machine. It should boot from the discs. Then follow the onscreen instructions. You will want to reformat your main drive. (C:)

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I would suggest to Partition your hdd and then try installing Windows XP. Make sure you have a bootable cd of XP.

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The above error comes if the boot volume is corrupted and cannot be initiated by Windows XP. or You are installing Windows XP on a mirrored boot partition that was created by Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.

To completely resolve your issue i think you have to reinstall the OS.
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the OS - XP Home / Premium Installation CD

Disk formatting is the initial part of the process for preparing a hard disk or other storage medium for its first use. The disk formatting includes setting up an empty file system. A disk formatting may setup multiple file systems by formatting partitions for each file system.

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There would be an option to select
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thats a system problem. please try to reformat that drive another time. this sometimes happens due to heat. you can also try reformatting that drive in another pc.

have that drive checked also for bad sectors... you'll never know.
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