I want to delete all my partitons and wipe my drive..How?

By A_DOG73
Apr 9, 2005
  1. I am trying to erase my hard drive and reinstall windows xp on it using a clean install. I want to get rid of everything on the drive and start like new. Any suggestions on how to do this? Your help is much appreciated!
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,907   +389

    Ok, what you want to to do is actually very simple. Start up your computer with your WindowsXP cd in the drive. It will boot from that.

    It will start doing some things on its own, but you will soon be asked what to do. From there it will ask you where to install, and you will see all your partitions. At this point I believe you hit "D" and it will delete the partition you have selected. Do this for all of them.

    When all you have left is Unpartitioned Space, press "C" to Create. Then choose the size. If you are going to have a multi partition setup again you can either set those additional ones up now or wait til you are in Windows. After you have created a partition, you tell windows to install to that one. Then proceed as normal.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    You might need to go into the BIOS to make sure your CD rom is set to first boot. To get there hit F1, DEL, or F2 right after you hear it beep.
  4. A_DOG73

    A_DOG73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 213


    Thanks for your help. Im gonna try that. I'll let you know if it works
  5. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 148

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