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Need to reformat ASAP...


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#1 maximumrock

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:10 PM

Hi,

I am trying to reformat this old dell laptop (latitude) i have... I tried to do so by putting in the Windows XP CD and when i got to the part where i delete the partition....it tells me it cant due to files being in temp directory???

I mistakenly tried to install t he O/S back on and had a problem.....so now there is the main XP O/S and part of installation of it.. i get asked if i wanna repair that 2nd one..

I am running around in circles it seems.. i just wanna wipe out this drive completely so i can re-load windows XP on it.. is there a CD i can download from somewhere that will help me do this on boot??

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:32 PM

There are good instructions here for doing a clean install:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:55 PM

There are good instructions here for doing a clean install:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html


thanks.. i am aware of that site, but i didnt think it would work cuz i basically tried that and thats where i have two installations on there now.. i thought maybe there was some CD i could download that i could create and pop in and just wipe out the drive....

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:01 PM

You can use this:

http://www.dban.org/
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 08:59 PM

You can use this:

http://www.dban.org/



damn!! i forgot all about this.. this was around about 3/4 yrs ago still right??? thanks! i think this will be just what i need if its what i think it is....

thx..

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 09:38 PM

You can use this:

http://www.dban.org/



damn!! i forgot all about this.. this was around about 3/4 yrs ago still right??? thanks! i think this will be just what i need if its what i think it is....

thx..

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 05:18 PM

Thanks! that seemed to do the trick!! :thumbsup:




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