Formatting Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by coski, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. coski

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    I have a 5 year old laptop with only 5.5G of HD space. Came originally with
    Win 98, migrated to ME, then to XP-SP2. There are so many legacy and hidden
    files, that my HD is nearly full. Can't find way to Format out C-drive with
    XP. Any suggestions? I want to Format to clean, then reload XP, programs, and
    needed files to restore a couple Gig of space. Don't have too many programs,
    so HD should be sufficient, if I am able to clean up all the old stuff! Al
     
    coski, Feb 3, 2005
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  2. The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
    to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
    Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

    NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
    devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

    NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the
    EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main
    hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter.
    After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

    1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".

    ===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
    ===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.

    3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.

    4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
    Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
    partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

    5. Clean Install Windows XP
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    [Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

    6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, turn on XP's Firewall.
    ==> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx

    7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website
    and download the available "Critical Updates".

    8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website
    of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
    available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
    and audio drivers.

    9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:

    How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;310064

    Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_setup.htm

    [Courtesy of MS-MVP Kelly Theriot]

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP - Shell/User
    Microsoft Newsgroups

    Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.mspx

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    | I have a 5 year old laptop with only 5.5G of HD space. Came originally with
    | Win 98, migrated to ME, then to XP-SP2. There are so many legacy and hidden
    | files, that my HD is nearly full. Can't find way to Format out C-drive with
    | XP. Any suggestions? I want to Format to clean, then reload XP, programs, and
    | needed files to restore a couple Gig of space. Don't have too many programs,
    | so HD should be sufficient, if I am able to clean up all the old stuff! Al
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Feb 3, 2005
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