formatting hard drive before reinstallation of xp pro



S. Greene
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
After much deliberation due to poor performance and many other issues, I've
decided to reninstall xp pro. Do I format the hard drive first or is this
part of the reinstallation?
Thanks, S. Greene

uggabugga
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
With an original XP Pro disc you can format during installation. You will
have a choice of installing over a previous installation or formatting the
drive. I prefer to delete the partion, create a new partion and then format
the new partition. If you have a store bought PC with restore discs, the
restore process will format the drive before installing Windows. I'm not sure
but some may offer a choice of installing over an existing partition. There
will be a warning stating that all data will be lost ask you if you want to
procede. Just make sure you back up all your data, email, etc. before
formatting.
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"S. Greene" wrote:

> After much deliberation due to poor performance and many other issues, I've
> decided to reninstall xp pro. Do I format the hard drive first or is this
> part of the reinstallation?
> Thanks, S. Greene

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
If you boot from the CD, you can format the drive as part of the install.

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"S. Greene" <SGreene@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:8629FD99-98FE-4E80-992A-5F38EC1604CF@microsoft.com...
> After much deliberation due to poor performance and many other issues, I've
> decided to reninstall xp pro. Do I format the hard drive first or is this
> part of the reinstallation?
> Thanks, S. Greene

Anando [MS-MVP]
07-09-2005, 11:36 PM
Apart from all the expert advice that you have got, here is a easy to use XP clean install guide:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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"S. Greene" <SGreene@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:8629FD99-98FE-4E80-992A-5F38EC1604CF@microsoft.com...
> After much deliberation due to poor performance and many other issues, I've
> decided to reninstall xp pro. Do I format the hard drive first or is this
> part of the reinstallation?
> Thanks, S. Greene

Bruce Chambers
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
S. Greene wrote:
> After much deliberation due to poor performance and many other issues, I've
> decided to reninstall xp pro. Do I format the hard drive first or is this
> part of the reinstallation?
> Thanks, S. Greene


Simply boot from the WinXP installation CD. You'll be offered the
opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part of the
installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of boot
devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

HOW TO Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;316941

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm


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frodo@theshire.org
07-09-2005, 11:38 PM
all good advice: delete all partitions and remake them and reformat them
using the xp install cd, which you boot from. I would only make a single
partition, large enough for the system, say 20GB, and then leave the rest
unallocated; use Disk Manager inside of XP later to set up additional ones
as needed.

ONE CAVEAT: if your CD is an UPGRADE CD, you will need to have another CD
available with a "qualifying product" on it in order to satisfy the
upgrade check. If your only "qualifying product" is your current version
of windows on the HD then DONT WIPE IT OUT!


formatting hard drive before reinstallation of xp pro