hew hdd formating

  FungusBoggieman 15:11 15 Mar 2009

I have just brought a new hdd as my old one is starting to sound very dodgy

my ? is can i format the new hdd form a win xp install disk

if not how to format new hdd with no floppy drive on pc

  Diemmess 15:25 15 Mar 2009

Yes, if you boot from the XP install disk, the installation process will do it all for you.

You have backed up all of your data which is on the System drive(C:)? (Photos, music, docs etc.)

You do have the PC's drivers CD somewhere?

You are prepared to install all the applications and personal tweaks from scratch?

You may have to phone Microsoft to activate XP again.

Using Acronis to make a clone and then restore the clone to your new HD, is a much faster and more elegant way, but the method is another story and not what you asked.

  Graphicool1 15:26 15 Mar 2009

Install the new HDD. Remembering to set it as 'Master'. Put the WinXP disk in the DVD/CD drive and boot. Follow on screen instructions.

  FungusBoggieman 15:38 15 Mar 2009

hi i have put ne hddin pc connected all cables

put winxp cd in drive
set boot for m cd

usual bits come up
it goes to install xp press enter
then it comes up no hdd installed

where am i going wrong do i have to format new drive if so how is it formatted

  kindly 15:42 15 Mar 2009

Make sure that the new disc is registered and has a letter.

  FungusBoggieman 15:46 15 Mar 2009

it is showing in disc managment
its asking to creat a new partition

it says new partition in mb 305243

the new hdd is 320gb is the partition size correct fot the gb amount

  Diemmess 16:13 15 Mar 2009

A few Mb are reserved for operating system use.

Accept the default and follow the prompts, unless you want to have more than one partition.

I that case you have to type in the size of the first and so on to the last when you accept the available space.

  canarieslover 18:28 15 Mar 2009

Is it an IDE or a SATA drive? How old is your XP install cd? Earlier versions of Win XP need motherboard drivers installed so that they can 'see' SATA hard drives. If its an IDE drive please ignore these comments.

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