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Reformating without the install disc

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#1 Surma


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Posted 25 December 2009 - 12:06 PM

My computer seems to be one of those who had the OS pre-installed. If i would like to reformat the HDD, how do i do? It does have both C: and D: where i think D: is some sort of "virtual drive" (C is 226 GB and D: is 6 GB). C is named HP_PAVILION and D is named HP_RECOVERY. On a side note, i would really like to be able to reinstall Windows XP.
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Posted 25 December 2009 - 12:18 PM


Firstly I would suggest you contact HP and get them to send you out a Disk.

To my knowledge the Recovery Partition is just that, not a Reinstall.


Always remember once you Format, ALL Data is lost.

Make sure you save what Data you need to somewhere else. Whether it be, CD, DVD, another HDD set up as a Slave Drive, An external HDD or set it up as a Slave Drive on anotyher Computer and copy it over there.


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Posted 25 December 2009 - 12:20 PM

Looks like the d/ is your recovery (contains a reinstall of your OS). Google and see, but I suspect if you do you will be able to reboot, hit F? (see google for your make/model) and you can restore your computer to the day it was shipped to the store.
I think reformatting may be automatic, or presented as an option.. In any event, my computers were a little older and I had to reformat via the XP cd, and reinstall from the cd..
Others may chime in who have worked directly with the restore partition (I think thats your d/)
Is there a reason you want a full reformat?

Edited by rosiesdad, 25 December 2009 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 11:47 PM

The D drive is the recovery partition.

Read this from HP Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows XP which will explain the process for reinstalling Windows.

Your choice on which method to use to access the partition.

Also, somewhere in HP tools or however it's listed in your Start menu there should be an option to make a set of recovery cd's. I strongly advise that you do this. If for some reason your computer crashes to the point where you cannot access Recovery, you can use the cd's to re-install. Just make sure you label the cd's (1, 2, etc).

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