Formatting hard drive?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by jane0601, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. jane0601

    jane0601 Guest

    I'm trying to format my hard drive (Vista Home Premium) so that I can
    reinstall Windows XP. However, when I follow the instructions, the 'format'
    option is greyed out.

    How can I format the hard drive?


    jane0601, Apr 9, 2007
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  2. jane0601

    Jawade Guest

    Start up with the XP-CD.
    Jawade, Apr 9, 2007
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  3. jane0601

    Ted F Guest

    Look for the make of your hard drive and locate the Disk Manager online, i.e
    WD, Seagate, ect. They will have instructions on how to format your hard
    drive either though floppy disk or ISO boot CD.
    Ted F, Apr 9, 2007
  4. jane0601

    Rock Guest

    You can't format drive that has Vista installed on it from within Vista.
    Think about it. You couldn't do this in XP either. The proper way to
    remove Vista and install XP is boot from the XP installation CD and do a
    clean install. It has all the tools needed to partition, format and
    install. Here is a link with info on how to do a clean install.
    Rock, Apr 10, 2007
  5. jane0601

    jane0601 Guest

    Well, I thought the fact that the option was there, albeit greyed out (and I
    was following the instructions from Vista on how to format the hard drive)
    that you *could* format from within Vista! I have done it before on a
    previous operating system, but that might have been 98.

    I will try with the installation CD. I have heard that there are problems
    with trying to do this when downgrading from Vista to XP (and specificially
    jane0601, Apr 10, 2007
  6. Wonder how long before the question is asked how to install Window Vista?
    Charles W Davis, Apr 12, 2007
  7. jane0601

    CB Guest

    CB, Apr 27, 2007
  8. jane0601

    Rock Guest

    What I meant was you cannot format the entire volume on which Vista resides,
    i.e. remove Vista, from within Vista. Shrinking it, is not the same. Vista
    still remains. The OP wanted to remove Vista. You couldn't do this in XP
    Rock, Apr 27, 2007
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