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    Formatting a drive with windows installed

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    I have Win ME on my machine and want to remove it and put XP Pro on. I am using Western Digital's software to format my WD drive and it says XP has copied the files to the HD but upon rebooting, I'm stuck on "verifying DMI pool data...." I suspect it has to do with FAT32 vs NTSF. I told the software to use NTSF when setting up the drive. Should I have used FAT32 and converted to NTSF after installing? Western Digital puts this Dynamic Overlay on the system as well. Is that part of my problem?? Thanks...

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    Re: Formatting a drive with windows installed

    This is going to be one man's possibly narrow view, but I NEVER use hard drive manufacturer software for preparing or formatting a drive! There's just too much proprietary stuff that possibly goes on. Now, if you're going to clean-install WinXP, why don't you boot with the XP CD and let it prepare your drive for you, whether FAT or NTFS? If not, you might consider doing what I ALWAYS do. Get yourself a good Win98SE boot disk from here and format the drive with Win98. It has enough capability for large drives that it shouldn't be a problem. Then, when you run the XP installation you just have to decide if you want it to use FAT32 or NTFS. Personally, for a first time user, I would stick with FAT32 and decide later if you want to convert to NTFS.

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    Re: Formatting a drive with windows installed

    Big Al's advice is right on target. The Dynamic Overlay by WD is the culprit, since it is a proprietary formatting system and Windows doesn't like it. You will probably have to use the WD CD to remove the overlay. ( there should be an option to do it ) Then follow Al's post to use the Windows format.

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    Re: Formatting a drive with windows installed

    I'm installing XP Pro now BUT I had to use the Dynamic Overlay software from WD to get it started. I'm a little too rusty when it comes to DOS commands and I forgot "Format C:" until it was too late. (Gimme Doshell any day!!!) My next question is... can I remove the Dynamic Overlay software after I'm finishing installing XP?? Thanks, guys... If I do need to use the win98se setup disk, do I just type in Format C from the A prompt???

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    Re: Formatting a drive with windows installed

    You are going to get a lot of practice installing XP.

    1.No, you can't remove the DO after installing XP. You have to do it before AND you have to use the WD prog to do it. This will blow away the XP install and you will have to Re-partition the HD and then reformat it, then reinstall XP.
    2. You can't just Format C without repartitioning it first.
    3. If you aren't that sure of using FDISK to repartition the HD, & formatting it, then probably the best bet is to use the built in utility on the XP CD, which will take you step by CAREFUL step along the way before you install XP again. ( after removing the Dynamic Overlay )

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    Re: Formatting a drive with windows installed

    Well, everything's working okay. I guess I'll let it alone for awhile--if it ain't broke... Thanks for all the suggestions and help, as always... I'll be asking something stupid again real soon... Thanks...

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    Re: Formatting a drive with windows installed

    > Personally, for a first time user, I would stick with FAT32 and decide later if you want to convert to NTFS.

    Al, sorry to disagree with you here (a rare event!), <img src=/S/argue.gif border=0 alt=argue width=50 height=25> but I don't think the chosen file format depends on being a first-time user or not!

    NTFS is technically superior for all but the very smallest disk partitions and should be installed from scratch. Converting at a later stage from FAT32 to NTFS causes a number of structural inefficiencies on the disk partition which are avoidable using an initial install.

    The argument has appeared elsewhere in the Lounge, so I won't give approximately 73 references to back up my case! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> (I could, you know!)

    Sadly, I think the deed is already done... <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Formatting a drive with windows installed

    <hr>...NTFS is technically superior... <hr>
    No argument from me on that one, John. However, because so many people who've not yet "experienced" it tend to be a bit afraid of NTFS, I usually just take the path of (sometimes) least resistance and have them stick with FAT32. Even tho' NTFS is better, FAT32 is pretty stable these days.
    <hr>...so I won't give approximately 73 references... <hr>
    Thanx fer that!

    Now, Mr jrebennack, since it's an accomplished fate, tell us which way you went - FAT32 or NTFS and now that it's been a done deed for a day, is everything running OK?

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