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How to erase harddrive


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#1 bauerccm

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 06:58 AM

Hi there. Yesterday I installed Windows XP Home Edition on my other computer.
When it asked me which partition to put it on I selected the larger of the two drives.
But stupid me left the the original XP Professional on the other drive. After it was all installed it booted up and gave me the option of:
"Please select the operating system to start"
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

I kept the Microsoft CD in and went back to format the XP Professioal drive then quit setup.
Now when I start the computer it won't boot up the Windows that I left on it.
I try to reinstall and start from scracth but it won't let me do that either.
Is there any software that I can use to erase the drive completely and start from scracth or just fix it?

Any help is appreciated with my stupidity.

Edited by bauerccm, 05 April 2009 - 06:59 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:27 AM

When I boot to a real windows cd, it first inspects my hard drives and then shows my partitions, at this point you have the option to delete all partitions and then repartition.

This is the safest/easiest way to wipe the drive and start over.

Make sure you chose slow format, it slow but marks bad sectors and removes them from the available file system
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:36 AM

It doesn't go to that option now. Is there a way I can force to that option?

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:43 AM

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps

Look at the images on the left side of this page


It sounds like you aren't booting to the CD
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:57 AM

I see all the images when I'm booting until the one talking about partitions. It won't go to there.
Thanks for helping!!

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 10:43 AM

How to partition and format a hard disk by using Windows XP Setup program
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348

Edited by Romeo29, 05 April 2009 - 10:47 AM.





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