reformatting hard drive and reinstalling XP

By b3lm0nt
Jan 30, 2007
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  1. Im pretty new to working with hardware so that might explain some of this but i was just looking for some help before i give up and take it to a pro. My computer started acting funny and is pretty full of junk so i want to start from scratch. I started by backing what i want to save on an external hard drive. From the bios menu i change the boot sequence to a cd-rom. I have a maufacture disk which came with the computer so i put that in and boot from it. It goes through all the drives and does what ever it does. Then a menu comes up and asks what i want to do, repair, use the recovery console and so on. so i go to the recovery console and a message appears which says that XP does not recognize an installed hard drive. i have done nothing to my hard drive and dont understand why it wont recognize it. I have read many forums and it sounds like a pretty straight forward process to reformat the hard drive and reinstall XP. so i was just lookin for some advise anyone might have.
  2. RickM

    RickM Newcomer, in training Posts: 85

    Hello,
    I may be able to help you out with the Hard-drive reformat.
    Just one question.... is your Windows XP an upgrade from Win98 ?
    I will check back and hopefully be able to assist you.
    Rick
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,267   +217

    You don't want to go into the recovery console. If its a manufacturer's disk like a dell or some other model you'll probably want to choose repair, if its a pure Windows disk you should have more than 2 options and it will be self explanatory.
  4. b3lm0nt

    b3lm0nt Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Its not an upgrade it was what i had originally installed.
  5. b3lm0nt

    b3lm0nt Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I was doin some searchin online and ran across a website that helped me with my problem. It is a detailed tutorial on fixing the problem with the hard drive. I still have some issues with my floppy drive but once i get that straightend out i think this will work.

    http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxppro/nohdd/indexfullpage.htm

    It gives great instructions for newbs like me so if anyone is havin the same problem i would recommend checkin it out.
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