Ordinarily, they have been auto-formatted into two different partitions on the one hard drive. If you know you don't have two partitions, scroll to the bottom of this post and step 2 is there. If you do have two partitions, or you're not sure, complete step one.
Control Panel > Performance and Maintenence > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management
Now this part can get tricky. If you see only one parition then deleting it will obviously not work so scroll to the next step. If there is more than one partition read on. Do you have linux or another operating system installed on your computer? If so there may be more than 2 partitions. To distinguish Linux from Windows, look at the partition type. If the partition is NTFS then it is a Windows partition, if not recognised - a linux one. If not there will only be 2 and you now must distinguish which one you need to delete. Ordinarily you can't delete one of these because you are currently using it. Right click on the partition you wish to delete and press delete partition.
2. Now to get rid of the booting loader:
Control Panel > Performance and Maintenence > System
Then go to the Advanced Tab. There will be a startup and recovery box at the bottom of this screen. Click on settings, and then click on edit in the top box. There should be two Windows XP Home Edition options. Find the partition you just deleted and delete that line of coding. An alternative is to set the default operating system to the one you still have and set the timeout to zero so it will boot automatically.
IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE PARTITION:
If you only have one partition then there is a problem with the booting of the drive. If this is the case, then carry out only step 2 and this problem will be fixed.
Hope I could help
and sorry about the confusing post
Edited by matt_com911, 04 January 2005 - 02:16 AM.