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#1 ambellina

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 03:44 PM

i was reading an article on how to dual-boot a computer, and i checked my computer as instructed to see if i had only one partition, but it appears that i have three :thumbsup: and two of them are FAT and FAT32. im not an expert but i do know that they are old file systems, and i dont understand why i have three instead of just one. its not any problem, just a bit confusing.

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a couple of years ago i tried to wipe my computer's documents clean and start anew, but i was used to reinstalling windows with my old 98 and not an XP, and basically had no idea what i was doing. i had never heard of a partition before and ended up just pressing enter and clicking the default options and hoping for the best. it worked out okay (lost some drivers along the way), but when i began using it again i realized that all of the documents from prior to whatever it is that i did (i still cant really figure out what i did :trumpet: ) were all still on my computer, just under a different user-type-thing. i mean there were no customized settings or anything, and My documents and everything showed as blank, but most of my documents were still on there linked through the user "Family" (the one i thought i deleted) instead of "Erin." i think this might have something to do with it? and if anyone could figure out what exactly it was that i did, that would be nice, though i realize my description doesn't make a whole lot of sense :flowers:

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:56 PM

Since you have a Dell, I would say one is the recovery partition, but you said you reinstalled XP. Did you buy a full install XP CD and load it? Can you access and explore the other partitions at all?
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:42 PM

Dells normally have a diagnostics partition, which is FAT16, a recovery partition which is fat32, and the OS partition set to NTFS.

The best advice I can give is: dont get rid of the other partitions. You can use the other partitions: {CTRL-F11} for recovery, and {F12} to start the boot menu and start diagnostics.
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 08:48 AM

ah, okay :thumbsup:

im not sure if can access them or not because ive no idea how to...

Edited by ambellina, 05 June 2007 - 08:48 AM.





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