Hello PJQB and welcome to BC
it asks me to insert a disk not a cd
When XP says a disk it means a CD. A disk can be a floppy, Hard drive (HDD), CD or DVD.
This is a good site that you can look through. See Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures
. This talks about an upgrade, but you will be doing the same procedure so ignore any instruction to insert a previous Windows version.
What is on the partition? If you want, you can leave it intact, or format it. Normally a hard drive is partitioned to provide storage space for data that can be left intact when you need/want to reinstall the operating system on the primary partition.
Have a look at the website in that link and post back if you have any questions or concerns.
Edited by Leurgy, 26 May 2005 - 08:07 PM.
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