I needed to re-format my computer. C: not default

February 17, 2014 at 08:50:50
Specs: Windows XP, 1000
c: drive not default after re-formatting my XP Home w/service pack 3

How do I get back C: as my default? It only has about 8 MB's.

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February 17, 2014 at 09:34:59
mmm rather confusing to say the least…?

What was the situation that led you to "reformat"?

What have you actually done to reformat the drive; how did you go about it?

And where is the 8Meg - to what does that refer?

Perhaps post the details (make/model) of your computer; and anything else that may enable folks here to assist?

What installation discs do you have? Full retail discs, OEM, or a set of recovery discs…?

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February 17, 2014 at 10:17:04
Sounds like the system install choose the wrong partition to install windows. The partition it chose seems to be the recovery partition. If you have another computer (not laptop) Take out the drive set the jumpers to slave then open the case of your computer computer (not laptop). You'll have other cables to plug the drive in. Boot the computer up when it all loads Xout the error messages you may get. Then right click on My computer choose manage. On the left side choose disk management on the right side find your 8mb drive right click on it choose hide then shut down and take the drive out set the jumpers back to master put it in the other computer and reinstall windows. If it still chooses the 8meg drive you have to go back to the other computer and delete the 8mb partition.

Terry G Allen

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February 17, 2014 at 10:45:08
The 8 MB is after pushing F12 and scrolling down to
ID-ROM drive as a choice. It's always there.

I used Belarc to tell me about my computer.
The reason I re-formatted is my computer is 10 years old & some
things aren't working, like ipconfig /flushdns.

Also I wasn't able to get it to respond to some programs.

I had used EaseUS free partition months ago and like it. An F:
drive was created to keep my documents, music, programs, and
other info Just In Case!

When I started the formatting by pushing F12 {the XP CD came
with my computer, it's not retail}, the DOS window words were
very faint - I couldn't read them very good.

I tried to brighten my monitor but it wasn't working. So I guess
I accidentally deleted the wrong partition.

Help will be very much appreciated!

Below is what Belarc said:

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 2/16/2014 6:42:19 AM
Boot Mode: BIOS (Secure Boot not supported) Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 2400
System Service Tag: GZ0QP31 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: GZ0QP31
Enclosure Type: Space-saving
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.20 gigahertz Intel Celeron
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
128 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: Dell Computer Corp. 0G1548 A00
Serial Number: ..CN70821397H0C8.
Bus Clock: 400 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Computer Corporation A03 09/19/2003
Drives Memory Modules c,d
79.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
69.77 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

LITE-ON LTR-52246S [Optical drive]
SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-612 [Optical drive]

WDC WD800BB-75JHC0 [Hard drive] (80.00 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAM9C450589, rev 06.01C06, SMART Status: Healthy 1022 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM_1' has 512 MB
Slot 'DIMM_2' has 512 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (FAT on drive 0) 8 MB 8 MB free
d: (NTFS on drive 0) * 79.98 GB 69.76 GB free

* Operating System is installed on d:
Network Drives
None discovered
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Owner 2/17/2014 12:00:16 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never

DISABLED Marks a disabled account; LOCKED OUT Marks a locked account

Nitro Reader Driver 3 on Nitro PDF Port:
Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
Intel(R) 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller [Display adapter]
DELL E773c [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n XX-064180-XXXXX-396-334L, September 2003)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Intel(r) 82801DB/DBM USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller - 24CD
Intel(R) 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C2
Intel(R) 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C4
Intel(R) 82801DB/DBM USB Universal Host Controller - 24C7 SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Virus Protection [Back to Top] Group Policies
Microsoft Security Essentials Version 4.4.0304.0
Scan Engine Version 1.1.10201.0
Virus Definitions Version 2/17/2014 Rev 1.165.4212.0
Last Disk Scan on Monday, February 17, 2014 10:30:00 AM
Realtime File Scanning On
None discovered
Communications Other Devices
BCM V.92 56K Modem

↑ NETGEAR WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 USB Adapter
primary Auto IP Address: / 24
Dhcp Server:
Physical Address: 28:C6:8E:53:80:54
NETGEAR WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 USB Adapter - Jumpstart Wireless Intermediate Driver
NETGEAR WNA1100 Wireless-N 150 USB Adapter - Wireless Intermediate Driver

Networking Dns Servers:
USB Human Interface Device
HID Keyboard Device
PS/2 Compatible Mouse
USB Root Hub (4x)

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February 17, 2014 at 10:47:45
This is the only computer I have so I can't do that. Thanks Terry.

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February 17, 2014 at 11:11:23
mmm… I'd be little concerned at this juncture to ensure my personal files etc are safe/secure. This even tough you say you have put them elsewhere in the drive?

If you feel to… I'd boot the system with a Linux disc (several variants around - Ubuntu being one of the more popular flavours); after-which you can access the entire hard drive and locate/copy all your personal stuff to external storage - typically DVD and also (ideally) an external hard drive too. And ensure copies are accessible once made.

Then set about recovering/rebuilding a working system…

Ubuntu.com is where to find a "free" ISO which download/save; then burn to a DVD; boot with that DVD. It will load itself into RAM only and the entire hard drive is there as a resource for it. You can also go on-line etc. and - as just above - copy all data etc elsewhere.

I think you will also be able to view the entire drive partitioning (including the "usually hidden" recovery partition - if there was/is one…

That Belarc only shows/reports two partitions (C: = 8Mg and D: = 79Gig or so - 69Gig free) is a a little concerning… Where is F: ? Or was this Belarc prior to starting the rebuild routine - and creating F: (with Easus) for data storage?

If your data "is" still there.. then seriously consider steps to copy it to off as above; safety first in this situation would be very wise...

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February 17, 2014 at 14:48:11
Once you have saved all your important files, including emails & address book.

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
XP - D to Delete the selected partition

Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.

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February 17, 2014 at 15:23:47
I accidentally deleted the F: drive I think - I can't find it.
When I re-formatted my computer my DOS screen was very
dim and that's where I deleted the wrong drive I believe.

Will download & install Ubuntu and follow your directions,
and get back to let you know what I find.

Thanks very much, Mary

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February 17, 2014 at 16:33:46
mmm... Whatever you do... Do NOT actually install "anything" to the drive as is. If you have erased/lost the F: partition, and you do not have those files safe elswhere, and you would like to at least have a go at recovering them even at this late stage... there may be options to consider.

Ubuntu will not do anything to the drive itself - unless you "tell" it to. So OK to at least browse the drive, and if files are then to copy to DVD.

If those files aren't there (F: has gone...) then all may not be lost - if you can obtain another hard drive... You could physically replace present drive with that other drive; then install an OS, after-which using any one of several file recovery utils, have a go at getting some of them back.

Either connect the current HD as a slave to the replacement (Master); or use a usb adapter to connect to the computer with new/working OS. Then run whichever file recovery process

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