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#1 MarttiL

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:36 AM

Hi,

I have on my computer both WinXP home and Win2000 pro.
Both OS are on same harddisk, which is partitioned.
After tinkering with the partitions I have encountered
problems and perhaps must format the harddisk and start
all over again.
How do I do this formatting - in the old days one could
write "format C:" in the DOS and that was that - I guess
it is something else nowadays.

Thanks,

/Martti

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:04 AM

You do have MS CDs for each operating system, right? All of the following are predicated on using such, not using recovery disks, recovery partitions, etc.

Any of the Windows CDs (since Win 98) provide for formatting/creating the C: partition from the CD.

Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

If you are going to reinstall both O/Ses, then install Win 2000 first, then XP. Older operating systems get installed first when doing a dual-boot. There are ways around this, but it's easier to go as MS suggests.

What kinds of problems are you having that a clean install seems the only solution?

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:18 AM

Would please tell us what you did and what is or isn't happening now?

Did you loose both partitions?

What is the make and model of the computer?

Have you installed the hdd in another computer as a slave and tried to access your files?

If you are sure that a fresh installation is needed I would suggest use a utility like KillDisk to wipe the drive rather than doing a reformat. If you wipe the drive it will completely overwrite all of the contents of the hdd, a reformat can leave some infections.

If you are going to install both W2k and XP I would suggest that you make three partitions so that you have a separate partition for both OS and a separate partition for your files. This way if you have a problem with either OS you can reformat just that one partition and not disturb the other to, no lose of files.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 12:59 PM

Guys,

Thanks for the advice.
I got help from Terabyteunlimited and do not
have to format my harddrive anymore.
The main problem is that Iam not proficient
enough when it comes to operating systems and
in my frustration degenerate to trial and error
which leads problems.

/Martti :-)

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 01:05 PM

Glad to hear that you got it sorted out without having to reformat and loose any information. :thumbsup:

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