Format Question

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Jewelzz, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    I have to format my PC and have my bootdisks ready to go BUT I don't have a floppy on this new PC, what now?
     
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  3. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    If you have SATA HDD you will need a Floppy Drive for the SATA Drivers. The XP CD does not recognize an SATA HDD.
     
  4. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    I know how to format but I want the entire drive wiped clean before the install and since I don't have a floppy my boot disks are useless

    It's not SATA to my knowledge
     
  5. madmatt

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    SATA hard drives don't require drivers. It is the controller that requires the drivers which may not be present.

    Do not do a quick reformat and you will be all set as far as the drive being wiped clean. If you really want to wipe is completely clean then you would need to write 1's and 0's using a utility from your hard drive manufacturer (e.g. WD Data Lifeguard Tools).
     
  6. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Yeah, that. :s
     
  7. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Most newer motherboards do not require you to install drivers during XP setup.
     
  8. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    You should be able to wipe partitions etc. to with any bootable Windows install disk these days, shouldn't be any need to dust off the old 3.5

    SATA drivers, wow - I am so happy Vista sees it by default :)
     
  9. Psyborg

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    you could always pick up a usb floppy drive cheap...