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Reformatting Windows XP


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#1 Meenuh

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:04 PM

I'm not sure if this belongs here but ...

I currently have a dell vostro 200 and I hear that you can reformat without the discs. I don't know where my boss put them when we first got the computer. I am worried that I may still have infections on my computer and I just want to reformat it to save the hassle of always thinking that those infections may still be there. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:13 PM

You can indeed reformat a hard drive without the original OS disks. You will need some other disk to boot the computer from, though. You can't reformat the hard drive while you're using it!

Take a look at Darik's Boot and Nuke, a bootable disk which securely wipes your hard drive. If you download it, you'll get an ISO file, which is a disk image. Click here to learn how to burn a disk image to a CD or DVD.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 02:27 AM

I currently have a dell vostro 200 and I hear that you can reformat without the discs.


As mentioned, you can format the hard-drive, but if you don't have the disks, what will you do for an operating system and all drivers to make the thing run?

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 07:31 AM

is it possible to format hdd and install windows XP from a USB flash drive?

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:01 AM

<<...is it possible to format hdd and install windows XP from a USB flash drive?>>

Hmmm...if the BIOS supports booting from USB devices, it seems possible to install XP from a USB drive...at first glance. And I don't believe that every BIOS supports USB device booting.

The problem that I see is that the USB drivers are not loaded until the chipset drivers are installed...which says to me that no USB device can become bootable before that happens. To contrast, the drivers for an optical drive are loaded onto the XP install CD, facilitating install via recognized optical drive.

But, I've been wrong before :thumbsup:.

This is one of those things that I would not know until I tried it.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:08 PM

As far as I know, XP doesn't support installing from anything from a CD. Certainly, Microsoft would frown on any attempt to do so.




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