Cannot Format C with multiple XP`s inside

By Freestyler
Sep 1, 2007
  1. Hi guys.
    i have more than one OS (XP home and PRO on my C partition and was running out of space on it. so I reinstalled XP-home on another partition D in the hope to be able to format C. So far no success. Can anyone help me with this problem. I dont know how to Change the booting sequence to the CD with the XP -Home edition, I don`t know which key to use for accessing BIOS.
    Thank yuo.
  2. robin_bga

    robin_bga TS Rookie Posts: 171

    Hi Freestyler, u have to tell us which machine u have so that we can figure out what key, but still some of the the keys include:
    Dell - F2 / F12
    Compaq - F10
    Hp - ..
    Mercury - Del / Delete / F8
    IBM - F1 / F12
    If its not among them pliz tell us.
    Wish u luck
  3. Barney_Calhoun

    Barney_Calhoun TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Maybe use the XP disk to format it from there?
    Although (WARNING) this might force you to format everything and start over. It did for me.
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You are going to have a lot of bad luck doing this if you are using a WXP upgrade or OEM.
    Otherwise, you can do a dual partition install. But you you will have trouble using the same WXP ID, as Microsoft is agin you doing that. It smacks too much of a piracy install.
    Reformat, and then install the first drive, or partition. Then reboot and do the dual boot, also with a reformat.
  5. Freestyler

    Freestyler TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Found the key to access the Bios

    hi, guys. Thank you so much for your feedback. i found the key to access the bios, is F2. I changed the boot priority to make the DVD drive the principle one to try to reformat from the XP CD. I restarted the computer and nothing happened.
    I downloaded a program that wipes out the partitions"PC beginner".
    has anybody heard that?
  6. Freestyler

    Freestyler TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Success Story

    Hi, guys. i finally managed to format my computer. somehow the boot priority in bios had switched to c drive first.Thank you very much.
    Good luck
  7. Barney_Calhoun

    Barney_Calhoun TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Well... Ok then.
  8. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    PC Beginner is not satisfactory software. I think you might benefit from a LOT more reading before you consider such things... but if you do partition, or repartition, you might want to consider something very stable and well known, such as Acronis, or Ghost, or System Commander, or others used by professionals.

    PC Beginner is made to sell, not to use.
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