You only have one hard drive now, right? Just to make sure you know this (sorry if this is insulting...)
If you reformat your hard drive, it will completely erase everything on it, including your windows installation. This means you need to have your XP CD ready, as well as all your drivers for all your hardware in your computer.
I often reinstall windows (1 or 2 times per year) just to clean the whole system up. If you don't quite want to go so far as a complete reinstallation, you can do a "repair" on windows that will attempt to repair any crucial files that are missing. Doesn't always fix the problem, but often does.
The main thing you want to do before you try anything, is to see if the reason you are having windows errors is because of some faulty hardware in your computer, otherwise after you repair (or reinstall completely) the hardware will just cause the errors again. Two major culprits for making windows errors are dying memory sticks, and a dying hard drive. Recommended you run some tests on them before you do anything else.
Have a look at this post by Rick: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic8356.html
URGENT HELP NEEDED xp home and drive format
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