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Format "c" Partition

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#1 sardie


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Posted 20 May 2008 - 08:24 PM

I have a HP Pavilion PC with Windows XP SP2 and instead of recovery disks it has a "D" Recovery Partition.I would like to Format the "C" partition but Windows Explorer shuts me down every time I go near the local disk. If I go to Command Prompt with FORMAT C: it just keeps asking me questions I have no answers to. Oh! Please don't refer me tp HP 24/7. I don't have time to learn a new language.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 08:39 PM

Hold down F11 when booting up.
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 08:42 PM

You cannot format a partition...from which you are working.

Formatting erases all data on the partition...which cannot be done if you are in the partition when you attempt to format. The command prompt functions from within Windows and the existing partition.


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Posted 21 May 2008 - 02:53 PM

I might be completely missing something here, but how about using a good old fashioned 98 or ME boot disk? It should take you right to DOS to fdisk and format C.

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 05:45 PM

When you press F11 for recovery, it will ask you if you want to do a Destructive or a Non-destructive recovery. The Destructive recovery will format the hard drive for you.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:15 AM

well considering you have a recovery volume, it is possible to extract windows from it, and burn the installation to a cd.

This would result in the loss of all preinstalled software that you do not save.

anyway, check Response Number 3 here

you also might want the bootsector to make the cd bootable

Edited by Michael-Anthony, 22 May 2008 - 07:16 AM.

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