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Posted 20 November 2008 - 02:02 AM
Posted 20 November 2008 - 05:21 AM
My apologies if this comes across as a silly question.
A while back I reverted a Vista system to XP on a secondary HD, which named itself N:
I did have plans to get a dual boot working but have no need to, so I would like to format the C drive, to remove any confusion my PC may have about having 2 operating systems installed (Even though it only uses XP). The C drive also has a recovery partition D, as its a HP system. I no longer need this and would like the drive to be whole again.
When I try to just format the drive in File Explorer, there is an error "Windows was unable to complete the format". I'm guessing this is some kind of safeguard in Windows. So I guess I need to boot to DOS using a boot disk? I have no floppy drive, can I make a DOS boot disk on a CD? And do I need to include a CD driver or something to get it to recognise it or is that all in the BIOS these days?
Also, would there be any risk to my system, having a clean C drive? The other option I'm considering is to install XP on the C, swap the data off the N then format it, so my drive structure is normal. But concerned the 2 installs of XP would conflict. My problem is I have about 1.5TB of data to shuffle around and only 1TB worth of external storage (1.5TB space between the two internal drives), so I can't just clean the lot and start again. Unless I buy another external I suppose ... *insert whinge about how slow it is to copy to and from*
Oh dear, is this an operating system question or a hardware question?!
Anyway, I really appreciated the help on this forum last time I had a problem and look forward to hearing from someone who can make sense of my post.
Thanks in advance.
Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:19 AM
Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:06 PM
What operating system is installed on C:? Bear in mind that the system boot.ini file may be on C: and that deleting everything on C: may make the system unbootable. That means that all other drives will be inaccessible (possibly).
After doing that...you need to define your wants/whims as far as operating systems.
I would back up all important data
and format/install the operating systems how I'd like
Posted 21 November 2008 - 07:51 AM
Posted 21 November 2008 - 08:53 AM
Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:46 AM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:15 AM
system boot.ini file may be on C:
Posted 22 November 2008 - 09:03 AM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 10:28 AM
Edited by Cathryn33, 22 November 2008 - 10:29 AM.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:01 AM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 12:20 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:37 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:09 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:15 PM
Edited by Cathryn33, 22 November 2008 - 08:26 PM.
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