C: drive partition not seen in Fdisk

Seagte / 12goda
November 19, 2010 at 23:56:13
Specs: Windows XP, 512mb
hi all,
dear friends i have problum in my windows due to virus infected i think, so i go to format n re install my windows xp but when i go in Fdisk n want to format c: dirve, i dont found c: drive in Fdisk,its show drive d: as a drive c: but originaly drive c: in not there , an othere side when i open my OS , n cheak my computer there all 4 drives r seeable. can any one plz help me to out this problm. thnks

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November 20, 2010 at 03:34:50
You do not use FDISK for this purpose. This is an old DOS tool dating from Win 98 days.
With XP you would boot from the CD and as part of the installation process you will be given an opportunity to format the drive.

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November 20, 2010 at 21:51:59
XP can either be on a FAT32 or NTFS partition. If it's on NTFS then fdisk won't see it and will adjust the remaining drive letter accordingly, which must be what's happening in your case.. Also FDISK is not a formatting tool--it's for partitioning.

And, as mentioned above, you don't want to use fdisk with XP

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat

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November 20, 2010 at 22:12:26
thanks for help, but still i have problum how i format the c: drive partion n reinstall my xp because i didnt see c: partition any where in my bios where i format it n reinstall my xp. if posible tell me how i reinstall my xp n format my c: dirve partition as well , because due to virus my xp is perfoming too slow n often it go too hang.

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November 20, 2010 at 23:28:30
The bios sees physical hard drives; not the partitions on them. A hard drive can have more than one partition and therefore more than one drive letter. That is determined by how the drive is set up when you perform the installation. It's not determined by the bios.

To reinstall XP you can boot from a restore disk (if you have one) or a restore partition on the hard drive (if there is one) or from a regular XP installation disk.

When booting from a restore disk or restore partition you need to follow the screen prompts to do the reinstall.

When booting from a regular XP disk you choose to do the install. One of the steps in that process will allow you to delete the current XP partition. You'd do that and then it'll ask where to do the installation and you'll choose to use the now unpartitioned space. It'll partition and format it and start the installation.

But if you're sure you have a virus have you tried to remove it? You might try something like Malwarebytes. You can download the free version here:


If your computer is just running slow and you're assuming it's a virus, well maybe it's not. Computers will slow down if you have too much stuff running in the background. Or maybe you need more ram. 512 meg isn't very much by todays standards.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat

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