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Anonymous
September 19, 2004 8:34:46 PM

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ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out how
to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help me
please

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Anonymous
September 19, 2004 10:42:01 PM

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1. If the disk you want to format is a floppy disk, insert it into its drive.
2. Open My Computer, and then click the disk you want to format.
3. On the File menu, point to the name of the floppy drive, and then click Format.

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...

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"cat" wrote:

| ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out how
| to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help me
| please
Anonymous
September 19, 2004 11:18:43 PM

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The floppy must be in the drive then right click the floppy drive icon and
select Format
or
with the floppy in the drive go to Start->Run and type the following and
press Enter
format a:


--

Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


"cat" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out how
> to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help me
> please
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Anonymous
September 21, 2004 10:59:03 PM

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HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive - running Win XP Home (stupid,
stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98 earlier - no problem wiping and
formatting the drive! Win XP makes this ridiculously difficult)

"cat" wrote:

> ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out how
> to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help me
> please
>
Anonymous
September 22, 2004 1:15:31 AM

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XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot from the CD,
put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press enter when
prompted and select install, read the instructions on how to
delete the partition, create partition and format them.


--
The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.


"constantcomputertrouble"
<constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
| HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive - running Win
XP Home (stupid,
| stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98 earlier - no
problem wiping and
| formatting the drive! Win XP makes this ridiculously
difficult)
|
| "cat" wrote:
|
| > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out how
| > to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help me
| > please
| >
Anonymous
September 22, 2004 10:39:10 AM

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I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the dos program that allows me to
do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I definitely haven't got a clue
as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD (sorry, not very savvy about
this stuff yet)

"Jim Macklin" wrote:

> XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot from the CD,
> put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press enter when
> prompted and select install, read the instructions on how to
> delete the partition, create partition and format them.
>
>
> --
> The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
> But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
>
>
> "constantcomputertrouble"
> <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message
> news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
> | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive - running Win
> XP Home (stupid,
> | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98 earlier - no
> problem wiping and
> | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this ridiculously
> difficult)
> |
> | "cat" wrote:
> |
> | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out how
> | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help me
> | > please
> | >
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 22, 2004 1:24:55 PM

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Turn on the computer and press the proper key which open the
setup program (BIOS). Do you have a manual with your
computer? You should find instruction there. There are
many possible keys that are used to open the BIOS...
Esc or F2 sometimes del or F12, can be almost anything.


"constantcomputertrouble"
<constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
news:FDCC5AC7-66DF-438D-9638-3C36467BC7E1@microsoft.com...
|I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the dos program
that allows me to
| do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I definitely
haven't got a clue
| as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD (sorry, not
very savvy about
| this stuff yet)
|
| "Jim Macklin" wrote:
|
| > XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot from the
CD,
| > put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press enter when
| > prompted and select install, read the instructions on
how to
| > delete the partition, create partition and format them.
| >
| >
| > --
| > The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
| > But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
| >
| >
| > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote in
| > message
| >
news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
| > | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive - running
Win
| > XP Home (stupid,
| > | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98 earlier - no
| > problem wiping and
| > | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this ridiculously
| > difficult)
| > |
| > | "cat" wrote:
| > |
| > | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out
how
| > | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help
me
| > | > please
| > | >
| >
| >
| >
Anonymous
September 22, 2004 1:24:56 PM

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No manual was given to me, I'm afraid. My cousin (certified comp. tech) gave
me this computer. I had to replace the hard drive, video card, and modem card
(I now have high-speed), but he never installed the help files or anything.
None of the F keys get me into the BIOS program, either. Any other ideas?

"Jim Macklin" wrote:

> Turn on the computer and press the proper key which open the
> setup program (BIOS). Do you have a manual with your
> computer? You should find instruction there. There are
> many possible keys that are used to open the BIOS...
> Esc or F2 sometimes del or F12, can be almost anything.
>
>
> "constantcomputertrouble"
> <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message
> news:FDCC5AC7-66DF-438D-9638-3C36467BC7E1@microsoft.com...
> |I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the dos program
> that allows me to
> | do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I definitely
> haven't got a clue
> | as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD (sorry, not
> very savvy about
> | this stuff yet)
> |
> | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
> |
> | > XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot from the
> CD,
> | > put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press enter when
> | > prompted and select install, read the instructions on
> how to
> | > delete the partition, create partition and format them.
> | >
> | >
> | > --
> | > The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
> | > But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
> | >
> | >
> | > "constantcomputertrouble"
> | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
> wrote in
> | > message
> | >
> news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
> | > | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive - running
> Win
> | > XP Home (stupid,
> | > | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98 earlier - no
> | > problem wiping and
> | > | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this ridiculously
> | > difficult)
> | > |
> | > | "cat" wrote:
> | > |
> | > | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out
> how
> | > | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help
> me
> | > | > please
> | > | >
> | >
> | >
> | >
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 22, 2004 3:22:43 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Call your cousin

"constantcomputertrouble"
<constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
news:D 6364CB3-117F-431B-87FF-FC18C8F17695@microsoft.com...
| No manual was given to me, I'm afraid. My cousin
(certified comp. tech) gave
| me this computer. I had to replace the hard drive, video
card, and modem card
| (I now have high-speed), but he never installed the help
files or anything.
| None of the F keys get me into the BIOS program, either.
Any other ideas?
|
| "Jim Macklin" wrote:
|
| > Turn on the computer and press the proper key which open
the
| > setup program (BIOS). Do you have a manual with your
| > computer? You should find instruction there. There are
| > many possible keys that are used to open the BIOS...
| > Esc or F2 sometimes del or F12, can be almost anything.
| >
| >
| > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote in
| > message
| >
news:FDCC5AC7-66DF-438D-9638-3C36467BC7E1@microsoft.com...
| > |I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the dos
program
| > that allows me to
| > | do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I
definitely
| > haven't got a clue
| > | as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD (sorry,
not
| > very savvy about
| > | this stuff yet)
| > |
| > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
| > |
| > | > XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot from
the
| > CD,
| > | > put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press enter
when
| > | > prompted and select install, read the instructions
on
| > how to
| > | > delete the partition, create partition and format
them.
| > | >
| > | >
| > | > --
| > | > The people think the Constitution protects their
rights;
| > | > But government sees it as an obstacle to be
overcome.
| > | >
| > | >
| > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
| > wrote in
| > | > message
| > | >
| >
news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
| > | > | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive -
running
| > Win
| > | > XP Home (stupid,
| > | > | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98
earlier - no
| > | > problem wiping and
| > | > | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this
ridiculously
| > | > difficult)
| > | > |
| > | > | "cat" wrote:
| > | > |
| > | > | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure
out
| > how
| > | > | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows
xp.........help
| > me
| > | > | > please
| > | > | >
| > | >
| > | >
| > | >
| >
| >
| >
Anonymous
September 22, 2004 8:09:09 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Wish I could, Jim, but he's nowhere to be found, I'm afraid. I guess I'll
just have to figure things out as I go along. Oh, well. Thanks for trying to
help me...:) 

"Jim Macklin" wrote:

> Call your cousin
>
> "constantcomputertrouble"
> <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message
> news:D 6364CB3-117F-431B-87FF-FC18C8F17695@microsoft.com...
> | No manual was given to me, I'm afraid. My cousin
> (certified comp. tech) gave
> | me this computer. I had to replace the hard drive, video
> card, and modem card
> | (I now have high-speed), but he never installed the help
> files or anything.
> | None of the F keys get me into the BIOS program, either.
> Any other ideas?
> |
> | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
> |
> | > Turn on the computer and press the proper key which open
> the
> | > setup program (BIOS). Do you have a manual with your
> | > computer? You should find instruction there. There are
> | > many possible keys that are used to open the BIOS...
> | > Esc or F2 sometimes del or F12, can be almost anything.
> | >
> | >
> | > "constantcomputertrouble"
> | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
> wrote in
> | > message
> | >
> news:FDCC5AC7-66DF-438D-9638-3C36467BC7E1@microsoft.com...
> | > |I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the dos
> program
> | > that allows me to
> | > | do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I
> definitely
> | > haven't got a clue
> | > | as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD (sorry,
> not
> | > very savvy about
> | > | this stuff yet)
> | > |
> | > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
> | > |
> | > | > XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot from
> the
> | > CD,
> | > | > put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press enter
> when
> | > | > prompted and select install, read the instructions
> on
> | > how to
> | > | > delete the partition, create partition and format
> them.
> | > | >
> | > | >
> | > | > --
> | > | > The people think the Constitution protects their
> rights;
> | > | > But government sees it as an obstacle to be
> overcome.
> | > | >
> | > | >
> | > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
> | > | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
> | > wrote in
> | > | > message
> | > | >
> | >
> news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
> | > | > | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive -
> running
> | > Win
> | > | > XP Home (stupid,
> | > | > | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98
> earlier - no
> | > | > problem wiping and
> | > | > | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this
> ridiculously
> | > | > difficult)
> | > | > |
> | > | > | "cat" wrote:
> | > | > |
> | > | > | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure
> out
> | > how
> | > | > | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows
> xp.........help
> | > me
> | > | > | > please
> | > | > | >
> | > | >
> | > | >
> | > | >
> | >
> | >
> | >
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 22, 2004 10:24:21 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Do you know the name of the computer and the model number?
You can go on-line and download the manuals and instructions
for the computer. If you don't know, you can download
EVEREST www.lavalys.com or ADVISOR from www.belarc.com
These programs will report the details of your system, so
you can find the info you need, the name of the BIOS.


"constantcomputertrouble"
<constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
news:2AFFB78F-50FE-4A54-801A-B763B1C3CB1E@microsoft.com...
| Wish I could, Jim, but he's nowhere to be found, I'm
afraid. I guess I'll
| just have to figure things out as I go along. Oh, well.
Thanks for trying to
| help me...:) 
|
| "Jim Macklin" wrote:
|
| > Call your cousin
| >
| > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote in
| > message
| >
news:D 6364CB3-117F-431B-87FF-FC18C8F17695@microsoft.com...
| > | No manual was given to me, I'm afraid. My cousin
| > (certified comp. tech) gave
| > | me this computer. I had to replace the hard drive,
video
| > card, and modem card
| > | (I now have high-speed), but he never installed the
help
| > files or anything.
| > | None of the F keys get me into the BIOS program,
either.
| > Any other ideas?
| > |
| > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
| > |
| > | > Turn on the computer and press the proper key which
open
| > the
| > | > setup program (BIOS). Do you have a manual with
your
| > | > computer? You should find instruction there. There
are
| > | > many possible keys that are used to open the BIOS...
| > | > Esc or F2 sometimes del or F12, can be almost
anything.
| > | >
| > | >
| > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
| > wrote in
| > | > message
| > | >
| >
news:FDCC5AC7-66DF-438D-9638-3C36467BC7E1@microsoft.com...
| > | > |I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the dos
| > program
| > | > that allows me to
| > | > | do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I
| > definitely
| > | > haven't got a clue
| > | > | as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD
(sorry,
| > not
| > | > very savvy about
| > | > | this stuff yet)
| > | > |
| > | > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
| > | > |
| > | > | > XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot
from
| > the
| > | > CD,
| > | > | > put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press
enter
| > when
| > | > | > prompted and select install, read the
instructions
| > on
| > | > how to
| > | > | > delete the partition, create partition and
format
| > them.
| > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | > | > --
| > | > | > The people think the Constitution protects their
| > rights;
| > | > | > But government sees it as an obstacle to be
| > overcome.
| > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > | > | >
<constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
| > | > wrote in
| > | > | > message
| > | > | >
| > | >
| >
news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
| > | > | > | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive -
| > running
| > | > Win
| > | > | > XP Home (stupid,
| > | > | > | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98
| > earlier - no
| > | > | > problem wiping and
| > | > | > | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this
| > ridiculously
| > | > | > difficult)
| > | > | > |
| > | > | > | "cat" wrote:
| > | > | > |
| > | > | > | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't
figure
| > out
| > | > how
| > | > | > | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows
| > xp.........help
| > | > me
| > | > | > | > please
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | >
| > | >
| > | >
| >
| >
| >
Anonymous
September 23, 2004 11:47:09 AM

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Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou Jim! I'll check out those sites, and
let you know how things turn out :-)

"Jim Macklin" wrote:

> Do you know the name of the computer and the model number?
> You can go on-line and download the manuals and instructions
> for the computer. If you don't know, you can download
> EVEREST www.lavalys.com or ADVISOR from www.belarc.com
> These programs will report the details of your system, so
> you can find the info you need, the name of the BIOS.
>
>
> "constantcomputertrouble"
> <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message
> news:2AFFB78F-50FE-4A54-801A-B763B1C3CB1E@microsoft.com...
> | Wish I could, Jim, but he's nowhere to be found, I'm
> afraid. I guess I'll
> | just have to figure things out as I go along. Oh, well.
> Thanks for trying to
> | help me...:) 
> |
> | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
> |
> | > Call your cousin
> | >
> | > "constantcomputertrouble"
> | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
> wrote in
> | > message
> | >
> news:D 6364CB3-117F-431B-87FF-FC18C8F17695@microsoft.com...
> | > | No manual was given to me, I'm afraid. My cousin
> | > (certified comp. tech) gave
> | > | me this computer. I had to replace the hard drive,
> video
> | > card, and modem card
> | > | (I now have high-speed), but he never installed the
> help
> | > files or anything.
> | > | None of the F keys get me into the BIOS program,
> either.
> | > Any other ideas?
> | > |
> | > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
> | > |
> | > | > Turn on the computer and press the proper key which
> open
> | > the
> | > | > setup program (BIOS). Do you have a manual with
> your
> | > | > computer? You should find instruction there. There
> are
> | > | > many possible keys that are used to open the BIOS...
> | > | > Esc or F2 sometimes del or F12, can be almost
> anything.
> | > | >
> | > | >
> | > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
> | > | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
> | > wrote in
> | > | > message
> | > | >
> | >
> news:FDCC5AC7-66DF-438D-9638-3C36467BC7E1@microsoft.com...
> | > | > |I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the dos
> | > program
> | > | > that allows me to
> | > | > | do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I
> | > definitely
> | > | > haven't got a clue
> | > | > | as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD
> (sorry,
> | > not
> | > | > very savvy about
> | > | > | this stuff yet)
> | > | > |
> | > | > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
> | > | > |
> | > | > | > XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to boot
> from
> | > the
> | > | > CD,
> | > | > | > put the XP CD in the drive and reboot. Press
> enter
> | > when
> | > | > | > prompted and select install, read the
> instructions
> | > on
> | > | > how to
> | > | > | > delete the partition, create partition and
> format
> | > them.
> | > | > | >
> | > | > | >
> | > | > | > --
> | > | > | > The people think the Constitution protects their
> | > rights;
> | > | > | > But government sees it as an obstacle to be
> | > overcome.
> | > | > | >
> | > | > | >
> | > | > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
> | > | > | >
> <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
> | > | > wrote in
> | > | > | > message
> | > | > | >
> | > | >
> | >
> news:463D1FD0-7DBE-41F8-A193-11F29672D09B@microsoft.com...
> | > | > | > | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard drive -
> | > running
> | > | > Win
> | > | > | > XP Home (stupid,
> | > | > | > | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98
> | > earlier - no
> | > | > | > problem wiping and
> | > | > | > | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this
> | > ridiculously
> | > | > | > difficult)
> | > | > | > |
> | > | > | > | "cat" wrote:
> | > | > | > |
> | > | > | > | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't
> figure
> | > out
> | > | > how
> | > | > | > | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows
> | > xp.........help
> | > | > me
> | > | > | > | > please
> | > | > | > | >
> | > | > | >
> | > | > | >
> | > | > | >
> | > | >
> | > | >
> | > | >
> | >
> | >
> | >
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 23, 2004 2:25:02 PM

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Just send the money to the RNC


"constantcomputertrouble"
<constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message
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| Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou Jim! I'll check
out those sites, and
| let you know how things turn out :-)
|
| "Jim Macklin" wrote:
|
| > Do you know the name of the computer and the model
number?
| > You can go on-line and download the manuals and
instructions
| > for the computer. If you don't know, you can download
| > EVEREST www.lavalys.com or ADVISOR from www.belarc.com
| > These programs will report the details of your system,
so
| > you can find the info you need, the name of the BIOS.
| >
| >
| > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote in
| > message
| >
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| > | Wish I could, Jim, but he's nowhere to be found, I'm
| > afraid. I guess I'll
| > | just have to figure things out as I go along. Oh,
well.
| > Thanks for trying to
| > | help me...:) 
| > |
| > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
| > |
| > | > Call your cousin
| > | >
| > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > | > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
| > wrote in
| > | > message
| > | >
| >
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| > | > | No manual was given to me, I'm afraid. My cousin
| > | > (certified comp. tech) gave
| > | > | me this computer. I had to replace the hard drive,
| > video
| > | > card, and modem card
| > | > | (I now have high-speed), but he never installed
the
| > help
| > | > files or anything.
| > | > | None of the F keys get me into the BIOS program,
| > either.
| > | > Any other ideas?
| > | > |
| > | > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
| > | > |
| > | > | > Turn on the computer and press the proper key
which
| > open
| > | > the
| > | > | > setup program (BIOS). Do you have a manual with
| > your
| > | > | > computer? You should find instruction there.
There
| > are
| > | > | > many possible keys that are used to open the
BIOS...
| > | > | > Esc or F2 sometimes del or F12, can be almost
| > anything.
| > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > | > | >
<constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
| > | > wrote in
| > | > | > message
| > | > | >
| > | >
| >
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| > | > | > |I would like to, Jim, but I can't get into the
dos
| > | > program
| > | > | > that allows me to
| > | > | > | do any kind of formatting on my hard drive. I
| > | > definitely
| > | > | > haven't got a clue
| > | > | > | as to how to set the BIOS to boot from the CD
| > (sorry,
| > | > not
| > | > | > very savvy about
| > | > | > | this stuff yet)
| > | > | > |
| > | > | > | "Jim Macklin" wrote:
| > | > | > |
| > | > | > | > XP makes it very simple, set the BIOS to
boot
| > from
| > | > the
| > | > | > CD,
| > | > | > | > put the XP CD in the drive and reboot.
Press
| > enter
| > | > when
| > | > | > | > prompted and select install, read the
| > instructions
| > | > on
| > | > | > how to
| > | > | > | > delete the partition, create partition and
| > format
| > | > them.
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | > | > --
| > | > | > | > The people think the Constitution protects
their
| > | > rights;
| > | > | > | > But government sees it as an obstacle to be
| > | > overcome.
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | > | > "constantcomputertrouble"
| > | > | > | >
| > <constantcomputertrouble@discussions.microsoft.com>
| > | > | > wrote in
| > | > | > | > message
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | >
| >
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| > | > | > | > | HELP! Can't wipe and format my hard
drive -
| > | > running
| > | > | > Win
| > | > | > | > XP Home (stupid,
| > | > | > | > | stupid program!) What do I do? (Had Win98
| > | > earlier - no
| > | > | > | > problem wiping and
| > | > | > | > | formatting the drive! Win XP makes this
| > | > ridiculously
| > | > | > | > difficult)
| > | > | > | > |
| > | > | > | > | "cat" wrote:
| > | > | > | > |
| > | > | > | > | > ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't
| > figure
| > | > out
| > | > | > how
| > | > | > | > | > to format a 3.5 disk using windows
| > | > xp.........help
| > | > | > me
| > | > | > | > | > please
| > | > | > | > | >
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | > | >
| > | >
| > | >
| > | >
| >
| >
| >
Anonymous
October 12, 2004 7:41:11 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Carey,

You've quoted Help/Support exactly but in WinXP Professional it won't work
as they describe it.

3. On the file menu, click Format
[that middle instruction doesn't refer to anything on the File menu...
Format's the item that gets you to the Format dialog box.].

Kathy

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

> 1. If the disk you want to format is a floppy disk, insert it into its drive.
> 2. Open My Computer, and then click the disk you want to format.
> 3. On the File menu, point to the name of the floppy drive, and then click Format.
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
>
> Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "cat" wrote:
>
> | ok i am not a complete idiot but i can't figure out how
> | to format a 3.5 disk using windows xp.........help me
> | please
>
!