how to format only 'C' drive

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April 20, 2008 at 03:04:22
Specs: XP/SP2, 2.66ghz,512 MB RAM
how to format only 'C' drive: i have a xp/sp2 cd to.i don't know how to format 'C' drive: only expect other drives thanks in advance

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April 20, 2008 at 04:25:31
Depends on what kind of Windows XP CD you have and what is your purpose for reformatting.

The procedure is different if you have a retail CD or an OEM like Dell, Compaq or HP.

The purpose of re-formatting matters. Do you want to re-install Windows or put some other operating system on drive C: Is the drive getting bad sectors and read errors which is really the only time a re-format is essential.

If your current installation is screwed a repair install might be more appropriate which doesn't require a re-format.


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April 20, 2008 at 04:48:01
"If your current installation is screwed a repair install might be more appropriate which doesn't require a re-format."

but if the OP does need to format C and the machine is not an OEM set-up, then it can be done this way .....

formating the C: System partition is done while Win is not running. boot up with your WinXP Install CD, hit enter to boot from that CD, and at the first blue screen that appears (after the loading of all those files) >>>> choose Repair by entering R in the keyboard. This will bring up the Repair Console. Select which operating system, then enter your Admin password (if none, just press <ENTER>), then type MAP and hit <ENTER>, you will then see your partitions listed. Then type in FORMAT C: and hit <ENTER> There is a space between "FORMAT" and "C"

it will format C: with the file system (FAT 32 or NTFS) that is presently used.

remember to BACKUP any of your important data that's on C: first, before you shut Windows down to reboot for formatting. Your other partitions will remain intact, but you should consider doing a BACKUP of those other partitions too, just in case. it wont hurt.

EDIT: and Stuart you are correct in saying that a "repair" could be considerd, if needed on C: before the last resort of formating it.

also, the original poster should be aware that some progams in other partitions may have some of their files stored in C: by default and once C: is formatted, those programs in other partitions may no longer work.

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April 20, 2008 at 09:02:30
bhargavsudhams, I think it would be a good idea to explain 'why' you want to format the drive. It is very rare for a format to be necessary.

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