View Full Version : Re-Format ?!?!?!
08-13-2002, 12:51 AM
My computer is ALL MESSED UP!!!!! How do you reformat your hard drive and start all over? Any help please ?!?!
08-13-2002, 04:30 AM
first of all, what OS are you using?
then you have to create a book disk, and check if the disk haves format.com and some other critical apps, like fdisk and chkdsk
later on, you just format your hd, of course... back up if you need it
08-13-2002, 04:43 AM
I'm using Windows XP........ I'm not too good with the techincal stuff that has to do with computers... I just use em... lol
08-13-2002, 05:57 AM
It's easy but there are many details involved to describe in a short post. Try finding an online guide on XP installation and print it out.
- Back up your data
- Boot from CD (put a cd in and restart, it'll ask you if you want to boot from CD). If it doesn't boot from it you'll need to set CD-rom as a first boot device in BIOS)
- Installation starts, chose fresh install. At some point it asks you where to install and gives you a list of HDDs
- I would recommend delete all partitions and create 2 to store your data on the second one if you have anogh HDD space, unless you have two drives. Give 1st partition 10 or 15 GB, depends how much software you will install.
- Choose the first partition, format as NTFS and finish installation.
- Format the second partition as NTFS (from right-click) and store your data there.
08-13-2002, 08:43 PM
get a new drive and install it into your system. give it four partitions (c:\ , d:\ , e:\ , and f:\). c:\ is for your os, d:\ is for your apps, e:\ is for your data files, f:\ is used as a scratch disk for photoshop and any other software that needs it (no more than one or two gb).
don't format your old drive eventhough it may be messed up. after installing the new drive and os, you may still be able to recover data from the old drive. after doing that, you can format the old drive and use it to store data files only. that way, whenever you os goes bad again, you don't have to worry about losing data.
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