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how to reformat & partition the HDD ??

By v_joy
May 19, 2006
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  1. hi,
    My computer has become very slow & sluggish & fully crammed up!
    So i want to reformat my HDD & make new partitions for proper management of data.
    Please tell me how to do it through dos ( ie without using any third party softwares)
    I want to install MS Windows XP pro in drive "C" while rest partitions will be uced for storing data.

    PS : Being an amature, please send me instructions step by step.

    my configuration is as follows :

    Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor 2.80 GHz
    800 MHz. Socket 478
    80 GB samsung HDD @7200 rpm
    Intel(R) Desktop Board D865GBF based system
    OS version Windows XP
    Physical memory 768,744 KB RAM
    Memory speed DDR400
    Memory type DDR, Synchronous
    Form factor DIMM
    BIOS version P13 (BF86510A.86A.0053.P13.0401220953)


    PLEASE HELP ME.
    THANK YOU!!

    v_joy : vs_cooldude@yahoo.com
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    You need to do the following.

    1 restart your computer and go to setup usually by pressing the F2 or delete key.

    2 Once you get into setup look for the boot menu and make sure you set it to boot from cd first followed by your hard drive.

    3 Put the Windows xp disk into your cd.

    4 Now save your settings and exit setup.

    5 While your computer is booting you will see a message that says "press any key to boot from cd" press any key.

    6 When the welcome to setup screen appears press enter and then press F8 to accept the Microsoft licence agreement.

    7 You will be prompted to repair an insallation press the escape key.

    8 Now select the partition that you want to reformat and press the D key to delete it you will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the partition.

    9 Now press C to create a brand new partition you will be asked what size you want the partition to be in mega bytes. If you just press enter then the partition will be the maximum size that you can have. This is perfectly ok if you don`t want to create multiple partitions.

    10 You will now be asked to format the partition select the ntfs file sytem and do a full format.

    11 Once the format is complete setup will continue.

    Your computer will restart during the remaining setup again you will be asked to press any key to boot from cd DO NOT PRESS ANYTHING. and setup will continue. Once the setup is complete and you are back in Windows remove the Windows cd from your cd drive.


    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

    P.s Please don`t start more than one thread for the same subject. Thanks.
  3. v_joy

    v_joy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanx but...................

    thanx buddy!
    But i want to make multiple partitions in FAT 32 system.

    BTW we can do reformatting & partitioning without initiating the process with CD ie through dos mode????
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    You`re using XP, so should format in the NTFS file system, not FAT32. Unless you have a deffinite reason for wanting FAT32.

    Look HERE for further info.

    You`re better off doing the formatting and partitioning from the Windows XP cd.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. v_joy

    v_joy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    nfts or fat32???

    okie okie
    But my present os is MS WIN XP Pro with 4 partitions each of type FAT 32 thats why i wanted fat32 system.
    Actually i dont have any knowledge nfts or how is it better than fat32.
    Thanx for your suggestion & i'll see to it!
  6. v_joy

    v_joy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    types of nfts

    BTW how many types of nfts r there & which is better??
    i hope we can create partitions in nfts !!!!!
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    As far as I`m aware, there`s only one kind of NTFS.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 540

    if you pop the cd in, it should start automaticall.
    or if you're in dos, navigate to your cd-rom drive. go to i386 directory, and type winnt32.exe
    it would get you the same results.
    you can also use win-98 boot disk to creat mutiple partions on a drive using fdisk command.
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