Re-formatting hard disk



leevanescence21
07-10-2005, 01:40 AM
I have Windows XP and I need to re-format my hard disk. Problem is, whenever
I click format, this message shows up telling me to close all programs and
any folder showing the contents of the hard drive. What's odd is, all of my
programs are shut off. If the my virus sacn is running, does that affect the
formatting of the disk?

Thanks

peterk
07-10-2005, 01:40 AM
first of all you cannot(XP will not let you) format the drive while you are
using the OS.You can format another drive that the OS is not on.
If your intention is to format and reinstall do so during the install of
XP.In your BIOS make sure that the CD drive is listed as the 1st boot
device,place the XP CD in the Cd drive and reboot.Watch for the message
"press any key to boot from CD"
do so.........XP setup will start.During the install you can format the
drive that you will be installing XP onto.If you have more than one
drive/partition watch and make sure you pick the right drive/partition.
here is a website that has details on installation
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
hope this helps
peterk

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>
> I have Windows XP and I need to re-format my hard disk. Problem is,
> whenever
> I click format, this message shows up telling me to close all programs and
> any folder showing the contents of the hard drive. What's odd is, all of
> my
> programs are shut off. If the my virus sacn is running, does that affect
> the
> formatting of the disk?
>
> Thanks


Re-formatting hard disk