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Old Nov 12, 2003, 10:18 AM
drewb drewb is offline
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Question Formatting Hard Drive [; ; winXP]

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Some time ago I installed a second hard drive on my pc (80gb) to provide more space as my original hard drive was only 20gb.

I then made the 80gb hard drive (E my primary drive and the 20gb hard drive (C as secondary.

I used norton ghost to copy the data from my C: to E: before making my E: the primary drive.

I would now like to format my C: to wipe all the data I have stored on it as I have copied it all to the E:

However, when i try to format C:, XP blocks the attempt.

Any ideas...?

Old Nov 12, 2003, 10:23 AM
Mr Snatcher Mr Snatcher is offline
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Are you using a bootable xp disk or installing through windows?
Old Nov 12, 2003, 01:58 PM
TierraDelFuego TierraDelFuego is offline
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best thing to do, in my opinion, is to format the c drive with a win98 floppy disk.

you can get one from *********** is you haven't got one.

just make sure you check you are formatting the correct drive in DOS, or unplug the other drive to make sure.

Old Nov 13, 2003, 07:56 AM
Harry O Harry O is offline
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If you had XP installed it is likely that you formatted the drive as NTFS in which case DOS can't read/recognize the format. A Windows 98 Startup Disk will allow you to partition the drive first using FDISK and after you delete the Non-DOS partition (which will be the NTFS partition) you can then Create a Primary Partition. Following the creation of the Primary Partition you will then be able to format as FAT32.
Old Nov 16, 2003, 12:08 PM
eclipse eclipse is offline
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was the XP pre-installed on the first drive?? I also had this problem and couldnt uninstall the XP off the first drive. I trashed and bought another..

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