Re-formating partitioned drive

  [DELETED] 17:34 04 Jan 2006

I currently have a 20Gb partioned drive on my laptop, C:10Gb & D:10Gb. On switch-on it has option to select XP Home (on C:) and XP Professional (on D:). I want to remove XP Professional as it is no longer required and therefore free up some space on D: Question is can I just delete the D: XP Professional by reformating the D: or do I need to some how unload it. Yours in anticipation...Brian

  Diodorus Siculus 17:53 04 Jan 2006

Yes you can format the D drive and then you will need to edit the boot.ini file on the C drive so that the option is removed.

  [DELETED] 20:20 04 Jan 2006

The formating seems to have worked but a search of the C: cannot find the "boot.ini" file, I don't suppose you know where it might be?

  Diodorus Siculus 21:16 04 Jan 2006

It's a hidden file - you need to tell Windows to show hidden files.

  [DELETED] 23:03 04 Jan 2006

thanks Diodorus Siculus I have found the file and have deleted the reference to XP Professional in the startup screen however it still refers to XP Home and "Windows Default. If I delete the content of the "Boot.ini" file e.g. empty and save as blank then will the PC still boot up and go straight to XP Home (sorry I don't have the nerve to try it)

  [DELETED] 23:10 04 Jan 2006

It will be easier if you use msconfig

Click start > run and type msconfig, when the windows opens click the boot.ini tab. The should be a button saying something like "check boot paths" give that a click and it should you boot.ini file for you

  [DELETED] 23:11 04 Jan 2006

Excuse the bad bad spelling and grammer!

"...and it should sort out the boot.ini file for you"

  [DELETED] 23:26 04 Jan 2006

Thanks it worked perfect, appreciate everyones help. Brian.

  Diodorus Siculus 08:14 05 Jan 2006

For future reference dont delete the content of the boot.ini file - I really should have posted a link to how to edit it.

Using msconfig as suggested by Thalmus is by far an easier option for the novice user.

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