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Erase a partition?

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#1 Hikermann


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:36 PM

Win XP Home Edition: my hard drive is partitioned (C:\ for operating stuff; D:\ for files).

Apparently something has gone amiss with the WinXP; attempting to use the Repair function from the CD always comes to a dead-end when it asks for the administrator password; I am the sole user of the PCicon1.png and have set up the account reflecting that I am the administrator -- but the Repair function will not accept my password.

Attempting to reload Win XP on the C:\ partition comes up with a disk error message -- typically useless, since it gives no clue whatever how/what/where to find a solution to that message.

When going through the reload Win XP route, it asks if I want to delete/erase that partition. To me that means there would be no remaining C:\ partition available when I attempted to load Win XP again but that my D:\ partition would remain intact. [True / false?]

Q: Is there a way to DELETE THE CONTENTS of the C:\ partition without removing the partition; meaning, I would then have a clean partition into which to load Win XP.



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#2 TsVk!


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:00 PM

You can use Parted Magic, where you will be able to remove/create/resize and reformat partitions to your liking. It has a pile of useful additional tools also. Burn ISO to bootable disk to run.

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