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Computer help - Boot Disc?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by kennyw, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. kennyw

    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member

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    I want to format the C: drive on my newly aquired, used computer... I have a special disc made to boot up and install WinXP automatically after that but I need to know how to create a CD boot disc to start up the computer and format the HD first. My WinXP disc isn't setup for that.
     
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    You want to get a win98 boot disk. go to bootdisk.com. Create the floppy disk from a running computer. When finished you boot from the floppy. It will probably create a d drive and put all the tools on it. You want to go to the d:\win98 folder and type format c: /s and then follow the prompts. That will format it. You then run the xp install.

    Or if your system doesnt have a flopp you will need to find a win98 cd and it will be the same procedure.
     
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    creating partitions is part of the XP installer. If you are using an all in one disk, during the start of the setup you are asked to pick where to install. If you check the options on the bottom of the screen there should be a key to press to delete the current partitions (Its either D or L). Once they are all deleted you can hit c to create a new partition, it will ask you to format it on the next screen.
     
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    I just have to put the disc in, and restart the computer. It then gives me the option to "boot from CD", and that's where you reformat the drive (or make a partition).
     
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    xp boot disk doesnt perform a full format. Win98 is far more thorough. But will be sufficient.
     
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    I have never ben able to completly format a drive with XP to do a clean install. I have always had to use a win98 disk or a win98 boot disk.
     
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    correct thats why i gave him the instructions with the win98 bootdisk.Xp will format if previous version was fat or fat32 file structure and has a light version of f-disk built in either way it gives you the option to format or leave structure intact. I would go with WIn98 though for a clean install. Im an admin for 600+ computers I do this crap all day.
     
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    Thanks for the info...
     

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