Hi, unfortunately i've got in a bit of a mess having put w7 on a hard drive but then later being 'told' by my brother that he wants xp either instead or aswell as w7 so being as i experienced problems trying to put xp on after id already put w7 on i've decided to wipe the lot and put xp on from the start. Please can anyone tell me the best way to wipe the hard drive in preparation to put xp on..and then w7? Sorry for the hassle guys... :0(
Thank you all (yet again) Unfortunately i cannot get the (damn) pc to boot from the xp pro cd, when i get to the bios set up utility i see this: 1st boot device [sm-aopen com5232/a] 2nd boot device [pm-st3120026a] 3rd boot evice disabled
I have tried swapping the 1st boot device and the 2nd but the pc still wont boot off the cd! Many a Grrr!!
sm-aopen com5232/a = your Samsung CD-RW ST3120026A = Hard drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Plus
When first switching on at boot up with the XP cd in the Samsung CD-RW straight after the POST (Power On Self Test) you should get a brief instruction to 'press any key to boot from CD' this is when you should quickly press the space bar on keyboard.
If you keep missing the moment then gently keep tapping the space bar at around the time POST is finishing - and before it boots into Windows on your harddrive.
Thank you for that, i've been looking for the 'press any key to boot from cd' instruction all along and it just doesn't appear! However, i will try the space bar route! Thank you for your help and patience!!