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Trying To Reformat


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#1 Tragik

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:19 PM

I have windows XP home edition and i am trying to reformat my computer. I switch boot order to removable dev since its either that or hard drive so i figure its the removable device. I do that and put my disc in and when i restart it i get a error saying Boot failure System halted. What am i doing wrong or what do i need to do to reformat my computer. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:13 AM

Assuming you're using a bootable restore disk, you want to set your boot order to boot from the CD first, instead of the hard drive or the removable device, which can be a floppy, Zip drive, or USB drive.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:18 AM

You do not to switch boot order to reformat a drive.

Just place the installation in your CD drive and then reboot. The CD should automatically startup.

Hope this info helps you. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 01:01 AM

That is true if the manufacturer is kind enough not to have the HDD set as the first boot device, more often than not though you have to change it first yourself.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:36 AM

So arcman, if the manufacture did set the HDD as the 1st boot device, you have to change the boot order to boot with a CD?

I guess I'm lucky then, because i never have to change the boot order to boot off a CD, i just do what i described before.
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Posted 13 July 2007 - 07:22 AM

Yes, depending on the boot order setting. If the first boot device is not CD, then change it to CD. After you have reformatted your computer, you can change it back to HDD as first boot device.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 11:34 AM

I have windows XP home edition and i am trying to reformat my computer. I switch boot order to removable dev since its either that or hard drive so i figure its the removable device. I do that and put my disc in and when i restart it i get a error saying Boot failure System halted. What am i doing wrong or what do i need to do to reformat my computer. Any help would be appreciated.


Ok so i put the cd in my D drive and restart my computer and it just loads my computer doesnt go to reformat. I restarted it and hit f8 and it shows boot from. My 2 choices when that comes up is Boot from Hard drive or Removable Dev. Neither of them work How do i reformat this is getting me so angry as its not usually a hard thing to do. Please someone help

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 11:49 AM

It is not Hard Drive or Removable Device. It is CD-ROM. Set CD-ROM to your first boot device. Restart, let it loads and it should comes up with something like.."Press any key to load ..."

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 01:04 PM

It is not Hard Drive or Removable Device. It is CD-ROM. Set CD-ROM to your first boot device. Restart, let it loads and it should comes up with something like.."Press any key to load ..."



i think he said he only has the 2 choices?

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:52 PM

It is not Hard Drive or Removable Device. It is CD-ROM. Set CD-ROM to your first boot device. Restart, let it loads and it should comes up with something like.."Press any key to load ..."


Ya i know this but like i said its only giving me 2 choices. Hard drive or Removable dev. When i put the cd in my cd rom while my computer is running it starts the windows xp disc and says the drive is working correctly but wont let me choose it in the boot priority. :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 03:07 PM

Sometimes you have to go into the BIOS setup and enable certain devices as a bootable drive. I've had to do this for a good number of Dell computers. It's also common for network administrators to disable booting from devices other than the hard drive for security purposes; bypassing bootable virus disks, bootable network CDs, etc.
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