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Formatting the HD

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#1 old_foo


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Posted 25 May 2004 - 01:26 PM

Just out of curosity, will my hardware continue to function after I format my Hard Drive? Will my CD player still operate so I can reinstall the OS and programs etc. or will my drivers all be lost rendering the system a paralyzed hunk of metal? I'd like to format my HD and then reinstall everything to start fresh, but I'm afraid to do so. Anyone have an answer? Thanks.

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 25 May 2004 - 01:43 PM

Depends on what operating system you are using and what your computer's bios supports. If you installing Win98 or above you can boot directly from the CD and install from there. It will load all the necsesary devices drivers as the operating system installs.

If your bios does not support boot off a cdrom, then you can make a boot disk from :

http://www.bootdisks.com and use that to boot off of. Then you can access the cdrom and run the setup from that.

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 01:50 PM

99% of harddrives are recognized by default with no OS installed.
Newer SATA drives and SCSI drives need additional drivers loaded before Windows Setup will recognize them, but you should have a floppy with the drivers if you have this type of scenario.

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