Reformat XP

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Lestat21, Aug 21, 2002.

  1. Lestat21

    Lestat21 Guest

    I need a fast answer
    What is the command to reformat my hard drive with XP pro

    need a dos command anything please help me quick need to have a restore done tonght

    I want the whole hard drive wipe open




    Thank
     
  2. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    If u have a XP cd u should be able to boot from that and do a format of any or all partions on ur hardrive
     
  3. Lestat21

    Lestat21 Guest

    Thank you IM using the cd and reformatting now
    thanks
     
  4. chastity

    chastity Moderator Political User

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    Not a problem glad to be of some help
     
  5. beatlesdb

    beatlesdb Guest

    It's terrible when the Feds come around hehehe
     
  6. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    Is there a way of reformatting without using the CD? (Ive lost mine)
     
  7. daddyo

    daddyo OSNN Addict

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    Use a bootable floppy to boot the system. At the A:\DOS prompt, type "FORMAT C:" (without the quotes) and you're off and running.

    You do understand that all data will be lost. Other than than, it should work no problem.
     
  8. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    You 100% sure that will work with XP?
     
  9. Jstphish

    Jstphish Guest

    You don't need a bootable floppy if you have the xp pro or home cd. Just let the computer boot up from cd and use the repair option. Then under the command prompt type in "format c:" without the quotes of course.
     
  10. pacou

    pacou Guest

    simply, install windows xp pro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    regards
     
  11. yoyo

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    Just curious - if you manage to format the drive what are you going to do next? You said you lost your Windows cd.
     
  12. daddyo

    daddyo OSNN Addict

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    That's how I did mine. I used my old Win98 boot floppy to reformat the HD and then installed WinXP Pro from the CD. Of course, you only get Fat32, but you can change to NTFS later if you desire.

    This is a well known technique and works every time.
     
  13. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Sit there & look at a blank screen. :eek:
     
  14. Luna64

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    To my knowlage you can not use the format c: in DOS while you are using NTFS. Format c: only works on FAT32 partitions.

    Why would you want to use FAT32 anyway ?
     
  15. daddyo

    daddyo OSNN Addict

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    Geeze, this is getting more discussion than it's worth.

    The easiest way to redo your HD is to delete the primary partition using FDISK and then set a new partition. You can do this from the Win98 boot disk. The resulting partition will be FAT32. Then you can format your drive from the A:\ drive using the FORMAT prompt. Once you have formatted the drive, you can change the partition to NTFS during the WinXP installation...it gives you the option of staying with FAT32 or converting to NTFS.

    I find this technique useful if I want to do a clean install of my OS. It gets rid of every shred of every file on the HD, which is hard to do if you just use the "delete" command. It's much faster too.

    I am officially bowing out of this subject. Hope this helps.
     
  16. drdoug26

    drdoug26 Guest

    Format C:

    Shouldn't the command be: [ Format C: \s ] ????

    You will need the system files on there, right?

    Doug
     
  17. miketrax

    miketrax Guest

    drd, if you are using a W98 startup disk you dont want to use the format/s command as surely it would put W98's system files on your new disk.