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Anonymous
April 25, 2005 10:28:04 AM

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

Hello,
I'm trying to install WinXP again after the Power went out and messed up the
install process. When I tried to continue, it kept saying there was an error
on the HD.

So I like to just do a clean wipe of the HD and do a clean install again.
But when I try to format the HD with a bootable floppy, it says that is has
completed the format . But when I check the directory, the contents are still
there. And so when I run the WinXP CD again, the computer trys to continue
where if left off before the power outage, but it doesn't work of course.

No matter how I try to format the drive, it never becomes ereased, even when
I used the drive in another machine with Partition Magic and tried to delete
the parition. Even when I used FDisk, it still acted as if deleted
everything, but it was still there when I checked the directory. Somehow it
looks as if there a protection on the HD to prevent me from erasing anything.

Is there something special I need to use to erase the HD completely ? All I
want is to start over again for something that didn't get a chance to finish
in the first place.

thanks,
Dan

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April 25, 2005 2:55:01 PM

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

In news:418102D2-4504-48CC-B84F-A1E4C18E9E3C@microsoft.com,
Ragooman <Ragooman@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> Hello,
> I'm trying to install WinXP again after the Power went out and messed
> up the install process. When I tried to continue, it kept saying
> there was an error on the HD.
>
> So I like to just do a clean wipe of the HD and do a clean install
> again. But when I try to format the HD with a bootable floppy, it
> says that is has completed the format . But when I check the
> directory, the contents are still there. And so when I run the WinXP
> CD again, the computer trys to continue where if left off before the
> power outage, but it doesn't work of course.
>
> No matter how I try to format the drive, it never becomes ereased,
> even when I used the drive in another machine with Partition Magic
> and tried to delete the parition. Even when I used FDisk, it still
> acted as if deleted everything, but it was still there when I checked
> the directory. Somehow it looks as if there a protection on the HD to
> prevent me from erasing anything.
>
> Is there something special I need to use to erase the HD completely ?
> All I want is to start over again for something that didn't get a
> chance to finish in the first place.
>
> thanks,
> Dan

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

How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313348

Galen
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