How can I format a dell laptop

  Mad Mick 11:40 29 Apr 2006

I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop and I am trying to format the hard drive. The System restore disk seems to put another Windows XP over the top of the existing one. I would like to format the drive and reinstall Windows. How do I create a dos boot CD.

  johnnyrocker 11:43 29 Apr 2006

can you not do this from disk manager? right click my computer and choose.


  Mad Mick 11:50 29 Apr 2006

Johnnyrocker. Where is disk manager

  johnnyrocker 11:55 29 Apr 2006

right click my computer and select manage.


  ed-0 11:55 29 Apr 2006

You cannot format the system hard drive "C" from with in windows " disk management". It is impossible.

  Mad Mick 11:56 29 Apr 2006

Sorry johnnyrocker didn't read your post correctly. The create an MS dos start up disk is greyed out. This may be because the laptop does not have an A drive. It has a CDrw drive and USB slots

  rawprawn 11:56 29 Apr 2006
  Mad Mick 12:00 29 Apr 2006

ed-0 I am quickly coming to that conclusion but can't get a dos promt to format it in dos. There used to be an F key combination that would let you boot into a dos screen at start up but I can't remember it.

  Mad Mick 12:02 29 Apr 2006

Just taking she who must be obeyed out shopping. Will check in later. Thanks to all who have helped so far.

  ed-0 13:47 29 Apr 2006

" 1. Power the computer on.
2. When the Dell screen appears press and hold the <Ctrl> key on the keyboard, press the <F11> key, then release them both at the same time.
The Dell PC Restore by Symantec window appears. "

from click here

Hopefully that should get rid of both installations.;-)

  Mad Mick 16:04 29 Apr 2006

Thanks ed-0, I will try that. I may be offline for some time whilst I load everything on again.

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