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Reformatting Hard drive

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  • Asus
  • Hard Drives
  • Dell
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
November 15, 2012 4:35:24 PM

Hello,
I recently gave my father the hard drive from my old asus computer (the motherboard failed) so he could replaced the hard drive in his dell (his hard drive failed). When booting up his dell I get no option at all to reformat the hard drive. The asus drive currently has win vista installed while his dell only has the xp recovery disk. How can I wipe this hard drive clean to install xp for him?

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November 15, 2012 5:16:19 PM

Hey charles, knock it off with the SPAM.

To the OP, boot the XP CD and proceed until you get to the point that you are asked where Windows should be installed. At this point you can choose to install to an existing volume or delete/create a new volume. You will be prompted to format at that time.
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November 15, 2012 5:28:24 PM

I am having no ability to boot the xp cd. when I select Setup or Boot Options on the Dell startup all I get are the windows safemode options screen, the one that asks how you would like to start windows
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November 15, 2012 5:33:53 PM

You have to boot the CD in order to format the drive. No way around that.
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November 15, 2012 6:33:52 PM

well...so i unplugged the hard drive booted from the cdrom then plugged it back in. All is well now lol
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November 24, 2012 6:03:09 PM

rdirwin83 said:
Hello,
I recently gave my father the hard drive from my old asus computer (the motherboard failed) so he could replaced the hard drive in his dell (his hard drive failed). When booting up his dell I get no option at all to reformat the hard drive. The asus drive currently has win vista installed while his dell only has the xp recovery disk. How can I wipe this hard drive clean to install xp for him?

first off hDD don't fail in 20 yrs never seen 1 do it, it just crashed, u have to go in in safe mode to fix by doing a disk clean-up & a defrag, mobo only fail it u drop something in there that creates a short r it got to hot fan wasn't working & it burned 1 of the wires on the processor or a sorter, that it, u can only format a drive when ur install a new OS, or u put it another computer as drive 2 then u can format it
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November 24, 2012 6:13:06 PM

macleonard said:
first off hDD don't fail in 20 yrs never seen 1 do it, it just crashed....


Absolute BS. You don't have 20 minutes experience, let alone 20 years. Hard drives fail, it's a fact (got 23 failed drives on a shelf in one of my workshops). Quit spamming the forum with your nonsense (and take your other 8 accounts with you).
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