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    Formatting C (Win XP)

    How does one format the primary hard drive without reinstalling Windows?

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    Re: Formatting C (Win XP)

    You Don't. When you reformat the drive, ALL information is lost on that particular drive. Windows should be on the primary drive, so.........
    It will ease the pain somewhat, if you have a good backup, but a reinstallation can't be avoided. <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Formatting C (Win XP)

    Just a little bit to add to Bill's comments: the primary hard drive contains the boot sector, which tells the PC what to load after the BIOS tests. If you format it, you wipe out the boot sector too. Is there something specific that you're trying to accomplish?
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    Re: Formatting C (Win XP)

    A high school student acquaintence of mine wants to either install an earlier version of Windows, such as Win 98, or Linux.

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    Re: Formatting C (Win XP)

    Whichever one the acquaintance wants to install can be done without formatting - or if you choose to blow away whatever is on C: since you will no longer be using any existing OSs, Linux will do it for you (most distros anyway). With Windows 98, you would need to create a startup disk, boot with it, and issue the FORMAT C: command.
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