Partitioning of a single hard drive

  wobblymike 12:49 11 Jan 2006

Just before Xmas I contributed to a discussion on this Forum with a number of other regular contributors on the pros and cons of partitioning. I have always been very pro however I have encountered a problem which may shift that position. I maintain the system of a friend who has a single 80GB HDD fitted which is partitioned into five with C (obviously) being the OS. The OS got corrupted and I wanted to reinstall it however I do not have a utility or know of a way to reformat a particular partition on a single HDD without formatting the whole drive. Does anyone know if it can be done.

PS I tried reinstalling the OS and deleting data from the partition prior to reinstalling but that left all sorts behind.

  FormatKing 13:01 11 Jan 2006

hi wobblymike
if you created 5 partitions and installed o/s on C:\ then you should have d,e,f,g for other patitions (unless cd or dvd drives have been allocated one of these)ie if dvd drive was d your other partitions would be e,f,g,h
if you did not format the other partitions windows cannot see them
if you have and can see them you just select which partition you wish to format
so if you want to format c partition to do a clean install of o/s boot from o/s cd and from command promt simply format C: this will not remove any data on the other partitions

  leo49 13:03 11 Jan 2006

Of course it can be done - that's one of the major advantages of partitioning.
You've just got to ensure the obvious ie format and reinstall on 'C'.
XP disc will recognise the partitions and ask you which drive you want to intall to and whether you wish to format,etc first.

  wobblymike 18:42 11 Jan 2006

ok thanks very much

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