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Reformat Xp Hdd Before Using As External Hdd


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Posted 06 December 2006 - 06:04 PM

I have a 20GB hdd installed in my laptop running XP which I will want to replace with a higher capacity hdd, I will then use the 20GB as an external hdd to save files etc. Before removing this hdd, however, I want to get rid of the OS and all progs. by a reformat. Is there a simple way of getting to the DOS prompt to do this? I have reformatted hdds before when using Win 98 without any problem but I am not sure how to do this with XP. Is DOS hidden within the XP OS?

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 06:37 PM

How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP
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Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:52 AM

It's not gonna be real easy from within Windows on a 1 drive system - because you'll be formatting the disk that Windows needs in order to run.

An easier solution would be to:
1) Get the drive caddy for the drive
2) Hook up the new drive in the caddy and format it.
3) Put the new, formatted drive in the PC (and remove the old one) - then install Windows XP
4) Then put the old drive in the caddy, hook it up and format it from within the new Windows installation.

FWIW - the Dos Prompt and the Command Shell are accessible from the Run dialog. Type command.exe for the DOS prompt and cmd.exe for the Command Prompt.

If this isn't confusing enough - Microsoft has just started launching their new "Power Shell" which will take the place of both.
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 05:02 AM

Reply to USAMA

Thanks for suggesting that routine, it will get me around the problem of reformatting the 20GB hdd while still being able to to do a clean install and partition of the new one. Thanks also for the tip on how to get to DOS - I thought it should be in there somewhere just but couldn't find it. I was never a DOS expert, but did find it useful - on occasions!

Many thanks again. :thumbsup:




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