Reformatting XP Issue

May 11, 2009 at 07:01:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have a computer that I put together myself a couple of years ago and I've been running XP since day one. I recently got a lot of malware/adware that I've been fighting to clean up but I've just decided to go ahead and reformat my C:. I booted with the XP disk, reformatted, and reinstalled windows and everything worked fine, I ended up getting to the main windows screen with the default background and just the recycling bin on the desktop. My next step was to install the drivers for my motherboard and once I did that and restarted the computer, my old desktop with all of the programs and files I had before are sitting there and working perfectly, as if they haven't been touched. I've done this twice in a row now.

Now I know I'm not just doing a 'repair windows' install or anything. I'm deleting the partition and reformatting it. I've never run into anything like this before and help would be greatly appreciated.


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May 11, 2009 at 07:29:29
My desktop, Compaq PC, uses a Recovery CD to restore like new. I notice that some of my XP settings automatically returned after I did a recovery.

I am thinking you may want to use something like a harddrive manufacturers utility CD or floppy to write zeros to the HDD, then format the zeros.
eg. Werstern Digital's "Data Lifeguard Tools" can do this ----
Compatible with Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/NT/2000/XP. The software includes utilities that can perform the following tasks: drive copy, diagnose a drive for problems, write zeros or low level format a drive, provide drive information, create bootup disk, and provide ATA Ultra management.
WD says if you do not have v.11, you should download it:

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May 11, 2009 at 08:44:44
Go to Disk Management and see what it says about your storage. Do you have multiple partitions by chance? Or more than ONE physical hard drive?

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May 11, 2009 at 08:52:41
I'm not at the computer right now but I can say that I don't partition my hdd's at all and i do have two internal drives. (one external one that is unplugged anyway). I was worried my first time through that I may have formatted the wrong one, but all the files I had in there were still intact. And my second time through i made doubley sure I was formatting the correct drive.

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May 11, 2009 at 09:18:12
Sounds like you are using a Restore CD to install.

BTW, you DO have at least one partition. You can't format unless you first partition. You may have a partition that spans all the space on the hard drive.

How are you formatting?

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May 11, 2009 at 10:15:00
Its definately a windows XP. Its got the whole holographic cover with the windows icon.

I'm with you on the partitioning, i just don't break it up at all. Just one partition for the whole thing.

I'm formatting by booting up with the xp disk and following the commands on the blue screen prompt. First i delete the partition, then i reformat in ntfs and install.

But as i said, the reformat works as it should up until i install my motherboard drivers (from CD). Once i install those and restart, my old desktop comes back up.

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May 11, 2009 at 10:26:49
When you are formatting are you using Fast Format or Full Format?

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May 11, 2009 at 10:27:00
What you are saying seems impossible. You aren't putting us on are you?
But anyway, you could try downloading DelPart
It will delete any partitioning on the disk.

(edit) After rereading, are you sure that you are using a Microsoft install CD and not an OEM restoration CD?

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May 11, 2009 at 10:32:51
Look in Disk Management and post back what it shows for your hard drive.

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May 11, 2009 at 10:45:36
There are quick and normal formating options, i always do the normal.

I've reformatted computers using XP in the past without issues. It looks like my next step will be to check my hdd's manufacturers website for a boot disc to use to reformat that way and just install xp after that.

But when i get home this evening i'll post my disk management info.

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May 11, 2009 at 15:11:46
Hi wileymiester
Are you sure that you havn't any software like Deep Freez or Go Back or .. in your PC ?

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