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To format you will need:
Operating Systems (OS) CD/DVD
1) Enter the BIOS when the laptop boots by pressing the Delete key repeatedly.
2) Once the BIOS is open locate the boot disk priority and set prioity 1 to the CD/DVD drive, set priority 2 to the laptop's hard drive.
3) Save changes to the BIOS and exit. The system should now reboot.
4) Insert your OS CD/DVD.
5) Press Enter when the system asks you if you want to boot from the CD/DVD.
6) The OS setup should now start, the first thing it will ask you to do is format your hard drive.
7) After you drive is formatted you can either continue with the setup and install a fresh copy of the OS or you can exit leaving the main drive clean.
You cannot format c drive while windows is running. If your operating system is in c drive then you need an operating system disk to reinstall and while doing this you will be asked to format your c drive
If you want to format c drive without loosing data then simply transfer your data to another drive on your computer and use operating system disk to bot your computer
Wait for the setup files to load and choose fresh installation option
You will be asked to choose the drive to install OS and you can select c drive
Then you will be available with an option to format c drive and install OS
It will not effect other drives on e computer and your data is safe
After installation of OS you can browse through other drives to retrieve your data.
Hope this helps or you can ask for clarification if you need
If you have the original OS disks, you can boot to the CD drive and install a fresh copy of Windows XP. One of the steps will ask you if you want to keep the existing Operating system. If you decline and install the OS the next step will ask if you want to format using NTFS. This step will format the drive and then reinstall the OS.
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double check the new HDD, verify that the pins are not bent and are seated correctly. If all else fails, return the new HDD and have it replaced;
try partitioning/formatting the new HDD in another PC using a 2.5 IDE to USB external adapter;
clean the lens of the DVD/CD ROM drive;
remove the dead laptop battery and use only the AC power when installing;
most current laptops do not use a CMOS battery;
if you want to revert CMOS/BIOS settings to default, it could be done by pressing on ESC or F1 or as indicated in the display (depends on the version) and set all possible settings to default. Verify that it is set to boot from the CD drive.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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