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Fat 32 Or Ntfs? And What About Partitions?


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#1 kmorris_99

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:36 PM

I am reformatting my HP Pavalion zv5000 laptop. I am using the disks supplied by HP to do this. I was unable to boot this machine up so I booted from the Operating System recovery CD. I know that this is going to erase all data off of this machine, but I am at peace with this. :thumbsup: My questions so far are:
1. Do I use the FAT32 file format or the NTFS file format?
2. What about partitions? There is a partition called C: Partition1 (NTFS) at 76309 MB and there is 8 MB of unpartitioned space. Do I delete the larger partition? Both?

This is as far as I have gotten so far

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:42 PM

the windows cd won't let you format fat32 over 32 gigs for the system partition/drive, ntfs is better anyway


do the slow format, it marks any bad sectors, if given that choice

just format the large one, don't touch the other
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#3 kmorris_99

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:47 PM

Thanks for the reply, Chewy!
So, I need to delete the large existing partition? It says there is only 36854 MB free on that partition. Will that change if I just press ENTER and let it write XP to that partition, or do I need to delete it first, then create another C: partition?
Please excuse me if my questions are dumb. But at least they are not dumb for lack of asking! I just want to make sure I get this right.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:45 PM

You don't need to delete the partition but you should format it. There should be an option to format the partition during the installation.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:58 PM

Thank you Budapest! There was no option to to format the partition, so I deleted it then created a new partition. I am installing XP as we speak. Thank you for the link, as that will surely help!

Kelly




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