NTFS HDD formating

  nar 12:55 28 Oct 2003

My instalation of XP update is a bit dodgy and i want to do a low level format of the HDD. ON the instaltion of xp i changed both part to NTFS, can i now low level format the drive to FAT32 and then install win98se then xp? or can i format and then install 98 without changing to fat32. is indeed possible to change drive from NTFS to FAT32? What are the options

  Legolas 13:20 28 Oct 2003

I dont think you can install 98 onto a NFTS partition. You can install XP and choose to format as Fat32.

  DieSse 13:26 28 Oct 2003

You don't "low level format" to FAT32 or NTFS - you do a regular format.

A "low-level" format - more correctly called a zero-fill, is a manufacturer supplied routine to take a drive right back to how it was when it left the factory. You still need to then partition and format afetr a zero-fill.

You cannot install Win98 without Fdisking and formatting to FAT32 - it doesn't work with NTFS.

  nar 14:39 28 Oct 2003

i want to completly clean my disk so will i have to reformat the hdd part as fat32 (is this possible?) then reinstall win98 then win xp as xp is only an upgrade? i would reinstall xp but the last time i rerinstalled it it still said on the initial instalation screen that i had a install of win98 and 2 of xp. What would be the best course of attack reinstall xp again or go for the cleaning process? Many thanx

  DieSse 18:18 28 Oct 2003

You don't have to install Win98 first just because you only have the upgrade CD. Just install from the XP CD as if it were a full version - then it will ask you at a certain point to insert your 98 CD simply to prove you already have it.

This is by far the bset way, as you get a totally clean XP installation.

This way you can go for an NTFS istallation - NTFS is a superior filing system.

If you do want to totally clear your drve first, you need to go to the drive manufacturers site for their zero-fill program. If you know your HDD manufacturer, someone will point you to the relevant program.

  Mankster 18:22 28 Oct 2003

you may find this handy piece of software "DELPART" very useful if you need to format hard drive,with ntfs
click here

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