Formatting A Hard Disk With Windows XP

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When you reformat the hard drive of your computer, you will lose everything they have on that disk. It is therefore very important that you make a backup of everything you want to keep and use later. Also make sure you have the necessary software to reinstall the applications you normally use, and some drivers may need from your PC.

It is worth making a second review to see if we are missing something that we want to preserve, such as links in the Favorites folder, documents that we had forgotten in a folder, and so on. Once you have everything organized, you can save everything to a CD, DVD, or an additional hard drive that you will not format.

Formatting and installing from a Windows XP CD

1 – Insert the installation disc in Windows XP’s CD player.

2 – Restart the computer. In the first screen should give you the option to choose the boot sequence, from the CD or floppy drive. If you do not give this option, you’ll need to enter the BIOS and change the boot order so that the CD is before the hard drives. Once done, save your changes and reboot the PC again.

3 – The computer displays a message “Press any key to boot from CD.” Follow the instructions.

4 – You will see a blue screen and will be a while loading files you need to start the installation. Once finished, will show us three options. We are interested in is “To install XP now, press ENTER. Press ENTER to continue.

5 – Now you get a screen to select where to install Windows. This is where you can remove the old disk partitions and reformat. The bottom shows a window with all the disks and partitions that exist in them. Use the cursor (arrow) to select the partition “C” and press the ‘D’. On the next screen by pressing ‘L’ to end and remove the partition.

We can not give a fact that has no previous partition as the new computer. If so, you can skip this step.

6 – Now you have returned to the screen to choose where to install Windows. The window at the bottom and should not show any partition, and instead should be seen “no area partitioning xxxMB. Select this space with the cursor and press’ C ‘to create a partition the hard disk. The next screen tells you the minimum and maximum size that can have the partition and allows you to adjust the size.

The maximum size is set by default, but should check before you press ENTER and continue.

7 – It will be the window to choose where to install Windows, only this time you will have a partition called C: followed by a brief description and size in MB. Select this partition with the cursor and press ENTER.

8 – The next screen lets you choose the file system you want to reformat your hard drive. We will want to choose the file system NTFS or FAT. In the case of XP will have to choose NTFS. I recommend using NTFS quick format option if the disk is formatted, and the normal option if your hard disk is new.

9 – Starting from here will be the installation of Windows at the end of the disc format. Windows Setup is very simple and we will be asking all the information you need throughout the facility


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