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#1 pajamahead

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 02:02 PM

Windows XP has become a real mess & unrepairable

my XP version is an upgrade from Windows 98

I can install Windows 98 from CD & then Windows XP from CD, straightforward enough

BUT i want my Hard Drive to be empty

should i format it first from the desktop? ( right click Local Disc [C] )
and what is the difference between Quick Format and Compression

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#2 Allan

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 02:29 PM

1) You can't format from the desktop. You have to format during installation when you BOOT to the OS cd.
2) The difference between quick format and compression? I'll assume you mean the difference between quick and full format. Quick format is just that, a quick format of the hd. During a full format, the system runs chkdsk /r prior to formatting.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 02:58 PM

Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a clean installation of Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302686

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 03:14 PM

I think that's what I said :)

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 03:47 PM

But Microxoft says it better and with more conviction for those who prefer a quoted source/reference, IMO :).

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 04:04 PM

Microsoft, Allan..... Microsoft, Allan............ hmmmmm. <_< :lol:

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 07:29 AM

thankyou for all your recent responses...sorry i bit slow in saying thanks!




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