need to clean the xp drive for backup use

March 5, 2012 at 16:24:16
Specs: Windows 98
I have a old dell t450 and have 2 drives, xp, 98. The xp is locked, bad settings I think w/ no original disk. Any way I just need it cleaned up but can't see it through 98 on the system.. I have a external cadie and removed my files to a new system. Do I just need to format it on the new system through the cadie /usb or do I need to do more to clean it ?

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#1
March 5, 2012 at 17:05:02
Win 98 can't see the XP partition because it's formatted as NTFS and Win98 can't read NTFS partitions.
I'm assuming your new system is XP/Vista/Win 7?

Yes, just format it on your new system. Any of the 3 forementioned operating systems will see the old partition that XP was on and can format it.


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#2
March 5, 2012 at 17:26:58
Win98 uses the FAT32 file system, WinXP uses NTFS. FAT32 cannot read NTFS, therefore Win98 doesn't see the XP drive. Was XP installed while the drive was in the Dell or is it from a completely different system? Did you try removing the 98 drive & booting directly off the XP drive?

To wipe the XP drive, you'll either need a WinME boot floppy to run FDISK & FORMAT, or you can go to the hard drive manufacturers website & download their software. There are other programs as well.

http://www.ranish.com/part

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/down...


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#3
March 5, 2012 at 20:51:44
I have a win 7 on the new box. I did disconect the 98 and try as a stand alone but I know I screwed up when I up dated a copy of some spyware and let it delete some files. Its history. On the format, will I need to worry about any file size issues?

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#4
March 5, 2012 at 20:56:21
It's a STX 80 k,Did try to boot alone. You say a format isn't enough?

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#5
March 5, 2012 at 21:46:39
When recycling old drives on new machines for back up or other purposes I always delete the old partition and create a new partition and format that to NTFS. This way you do not carry over any old 'baggage' from the old machine and if there are any bad sectors you should get a warning about them then. If you have any doubts about the drive use the Full Formatting rather than the Quick Formatting since it writes in every sector so you will be sure.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
March 6, 2012 at 00:01:13
In my experience, you'd be better off to delete the partition and create a new one. This will ensure that you have no remnants of the old files left behind (something that seems to occur a lot using XP's format program).

If you format to the NTFS file system, you shouldn't have any problems with file sizes. Fat32 can be a problem when trying to store video files on the drive.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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