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September 3, 2012 4:55:34 PM

I've been running a 1 to hard drive using windows xp - suddenly I've got no space left (even for my programs). It says I've got 12.6GB total space with 11.5GB used. Why?

I've downloaded everything onto my 1 to external hd & the amount of space used doesn't even show on the capacity circle.

I've thought I could reformat but XP won't let me ... it says that the info on my boot disk is older than the version on my computer. Can anyone help, PLEASE!!!

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a b G Storage
September 3, 2012 6:15:27 PM

If you have all your data saved to an external HDD and you have an XP install disk you can reformat your internal HDD by just inserting the XP disk into the drive and starting the computer. You need to make sure the drive containing the XP disk is first in the boot sequence list in the BIOS. The install program will give you the option to format the HDD.
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September 3, 2012 7:20:50 PM

ram1009 said:
If you have all your data saved to an external HDD and you have an XP install disk you can reformat your internal HDD by just inserting the XP disk into the drive and starting the computer. You need to make sure the drive containing the XP disk is first in the boot sequence list in the BIOS. The install program will give you the option to format the HDD.


XP won't let me ... it says the info on my original disk is older than the info on my computer & therefore just totally ignores the command.
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September 3, 2012 7:26:18 PM

Sorry, I forgot to start with ... thanks for taking the time to reply & your suggestion! My only excuse is sheer frustration!
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a b G Storage
September 3, 2012 7:42:11 PM

Nikki_49 said:
XP won't let me ... it says the info on my original disk is older than the info on my computer & therefore just totally ignores the command.



what is the exact error you are receiving?
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September 3, 2012 8:31:28 PM

daswilhelm said:
what is the exact error you are receiving?


Thanks for your time.

Ok if I use my disk & click on install - the message says ...

setup cannot continue because the version of windows on your computer is newer than the version on the cd.
Warning: if you decide to delete the newer version of windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files & settings cannot be reversed. ...

but every other option on the cd works.

If I reboot with the cd in the player. It asks ...
press any key to reboot from cd, if I do Windows opens normally, if I don't the page that says safe mode, blahdy blah won't let me chose any option other start window normally & opens windows as before. What am I donig wrong?
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a b G Storage
September 3, 2012 8:36:43 PM

you need to boot off of the windows disc, you shouldnt be clicking install on anything.

once you boot off the disc it will give you options to remove the old partition.
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a b G Storage
September 4, 2012 7:22:29 AM

You just concern about "hard drive no space", so what is the size of your hard drive? A screenshot of the disk management can represent many words.
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a b G Storage
September 4, 2012 7:21:53 PM

If you haven't been able to get Windows reinstalled i would get http://windirstat.info/ to see whats taking up your space. I would have the program anyways as you can monitor whats on your hard drive.
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