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    Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    A friend wants to format his C drive (on a DELL system) and reinstall WIN XP HOME. He has gone into MY COMPUTER and clicked on the C drive and selected FORMAT but the system will not do the format. How can he format the hard drive so that he can reinstall the OS?

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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    It can't do the format on the C because it's in use at that time.

    Boot to the XP CD and do the format and install from there.
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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Remind your friend to make a backup. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Hi Bob,

    Isn't there some caviet about putting the XP CD in the drive while the OS is running and then shutdown and reboot to the CD to do a format and reinstall ?? I seem to recall reading that somewhere. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Besides which, although I've never owned a Dell so I can't swear to this, but don't they come with a Dell recovery disk rather than a MS branded Windows disk? If that's the case, he should have instructions somewhere for reloading everything. But, like the MAN said, backup, backup.....

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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Doc,
    I don't think so. Don't see how putting the CD in while running and then rebooting would have an effect on anything, unless you have autorun enabled on that drive?? Maybe?
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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Al,
    You could be right about the Dell and it's recovery disk.
    Another reason to go out and buy a regular MS CD version of XP and getting rid of all that prepackaged garbage. I would rather decide what to put on my machine, not some marketing type thinking this is the best way. <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25>
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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    But, the retail version will NOT have the Dell drivers for that machine. You will hopefully be able to down load them. All of the OEM's do NOT allow the down load of XP drivers even if they support that hardware and XP combination.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Yet another reason not to get locked in to Dell or another OEM.
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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Dell provides an XP install CD and a couple CDs with their drivers and utilities to reinstall from. Been there............. instructions are on the seat of your pants. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    Bob,

    Not important. Just one of those things that went in one ear and out the other. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Thought I had heard that somewhere, but it may have been for some other reason or task.

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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    "Dell provides an XP install CD and a couple CDs with their drivers and utilities to reinstall from"
    Not all of them, at one time they (Dell) provided restore CD's, UNLESS customer asked for the install type.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Format Drive c (WIN XP HOME)

    I stand corrected. My Dell is only a year and a half old, so that is my point of reference. I have worked on friends' Dell systems and encountered mostly Restore CDs prior to XP.

    When my HD went south after only 3 months (and no complete system backup), Dell sent a new HD & installed it. But getting the OS, components and data reinstalled was on me. Dell tech support leaves something to be desired these days. Mostly the language problem (but that's for another thread). The system configuration is nothing like the way it came from Dell (although I did create a DriveImage copy of the original configuration, but chose not to use it), and I'm better off for that reason alone. Basically, it's Dell hardware, but it's my configuration (and now it's backedup 6 ways to Sunday !!!)

    Personally, I think that a well planned system that is partitioned and installed wisely and then backed up at regular intervals is preferrable to the "helter skelter" method of "format and reinstall". Less time consuming in the end, as well.
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