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I have come to the conclusion to reformat and re-install XP and partition HDD
I have a 40GB HDD and am going to split it into 30GB(where XP will reside) and the other 10GB for backups
Please could someone advise how to do this in XP pro
I know how to install windows and format HDD, but just need to know where the partitioning process is in set up
I am going to carry out a full FORMAT
thanks all for your help
i would do it the olf fashoined way with a windows 98 startup disk
fdisk and delete existing partition, and then create a new partition as 30gb and the other as 10gb, format it aswell
one you boot off the xp cd you can choose which partition to install windows to, and which file system you want.e.g ntfs or fat32
thats the way i have done it in the past
the link Mankster has given you refers to partitioning and formatting in windows xp which you will not be able to do, as the hardrive is in use, it could be done that way if you had a seperate hardrive that you wanted to partition and format, it is excellent for that, but not for what you want to do.
Your HDD is not very big, can you not get a second one for backups? Or use a CD/DVD writer? If your HDD fails, it's unlikely to limit itself to one partition.
click here madboy33©® this will take you through the correct way of doing an install of 2 partitions over a disk that already has XP on it.
You insert the CD, making sure you have set to boot from CD drive in your BIOS. If you follow the guide it will explain which options to choose, Your new install will find the existing XP on the drive and offer to repair or format.
Choose format and follow the instructions, choose a partition size to install XP to and format it, you will then be asked if you want to install XP to that partition, but before you do, format the remaining partition and you will come back to the same screen but now showing 2 partitions, choose the first one and install XP.
During the install your PC will re-boot twice and each time you will see the message "Press any key to boot from CD" ignore this message and your PC will re-boot itself and carry on with the install from the files it has already placed on your hard drive.
Good luck j.
Forgot to add, the only reason you see the message to click on a key is because you still have your CD drive set as the first boot drive.
That's why you need to ignore the message and let it carry on installing. Some people will make the mistake of hitting the key and that is when you get caught in an endless loop of XP trying to boot from the CD. j.
You going to get Drive image as well?
will get drive image soon, when we have the funds as a little skint after the wedding and all that. Thanks for Remote assisstance the other night mate.
Thanks for that, will follow your instructions
Going to do it now
wish me luck
P.S the reason why i am re-formatting is due to the masterbalst virus and another porn virus which had totally messed my installation
see you all in a couple of days
thanks for all your advise folks
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