Format issue (cannot install windows)

June 28, 2009 at 08:12:25
Specs: Windows XP 64 bit
HI, my system was hit by a welch worm. in a panic i decided to go through with a reformat. I put in the XP 64 disk and the setup booted. once into the process of installing, i came to the partition selection step. here, when asked to select a partition, i deleted the earlier partition of my drive and tried to repartition and format it. when i "fromatted" it, i was not able to select FAT32/FAT32 quick or NTFS/NTFS quick. the partition was now listed as a RAW partition format. when i tried to install XP on the selected partition, a screen came up saying that it was "an incompatible format for windows". i tried repeating the delete-format process several times, and was unsucessful. the same problem occoured with all the other installation disks i used (including the windows 7 RC) i'm completely lost and no one seems ot have posted on this before. HElp

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June 28, 2009 at 09:30:17
You have to do it correctly:

1. delete the partition
2. recreate the partition
3. format the partition as either FAT32 or NTFS - Note: when using the M$ formating tool, you can NOT use FAT32 on partitions larger than 32GB.

My guess is you're skipping step 2

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June 28, 2009 at 09:46:58
At this point I would try using the manufactures hard drive setup software.

The software can be downloaded for free and is easy to use.

There are also a number of free programs that might help you.
One is at

Program can be run from a flash says the author.

Good point jam step 2

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June 28, 2009 at 19:07:32
To jam,
What do you mean recreate partition? is it the screen where you allot space?
because, i've been through thats step and the option to format as Fat32 or NTFS is not listed

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