formatting problems

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  1. 00soul

    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    ill type this in poem form so its easy to understand what i fucked up.

    reformating problems:

    i had a virus, i tried to get rid of it but no luck.

    i reinstalled windows xp (thinking, it would delete evertyhing and install xp on a fresh HD)

    when it finished installing, the virus was gone, but for some reason all of my documents, files, folders are still here taking up space.

    i tried format c: but there is a problem and it wont format.

    how can i get it to format?


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    other things you might want to know:

    its a dell
    it has no floppy drive
    it has a single hard drive which i partitioned to make 2 hard drives
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Sounds like you need a boot CDROM.
     
  3. SFLegend

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    Do you happen to know who makes your hard drive? They'll usually have some free utilities on their website that allow you to format your hard drive. Just put the utiltlies on a disk and bootup with it.
     
  4. Rob

    Rob OT Supporter

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    He said it has no floppy disk. :o

    If you really want to do it againa and do it correct go back and boot off your XP cdrom, and when you get to the spot where you can choose a partiton delete your main one, then select use emtpty space. I am not sure on the details, but it is something along those lines.

    You want to make sure the XP install doesnt know about your previous install, because then it will want to install over the old one w/o formating.
     
  5. 00soul

    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    for some reason i can never get to the cd boot. ive tried like 5 times and it always says "windows xp is currently installed. cannot format" or when i try to deleat the partition, it says some bs about "cannot deleat partition, has temporary set up files"

    ive been at this for 8 hours stright, i cannot get this to work for shit.
     
  6. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    If you're somewhat computer literate, download a Linux boot disk and format it through Linux, since it doesn't give a shit whether you have XP installed.
     
  7. SFLegend

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    Oops. Well I read that a low level format might get rid of the virus. I dunno if he can do that though since he has no floppy...
     
  8. Audiophile

    Audiophile boom boom

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    try a low level format maybe?
     
  9. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    The problem is not a virus being present - the problem is he's trying to format a drive he's currently on. You need to initiate the format from a boot floppy (but he has no drive), or from a boot CDROM - which is what I suggested already.
     
  10. YesterdaysGone

    YesterdaysGone Iced Out Platinum Member

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    no with xp you need to pop in the disc, goto repair mode, let it boot, and choose to format c: (i think) i know there is a way to do it on that disc, just has been a lot of time since i have... otherwise do it with a linux cd, penguin man is right, they dont give a shit about microsoft over at linux.
     
  11. drewski_amk

    drewski_amk Guest

    find a win 98 SE boot disc, boot with cdrom support, format c: or format c: /q
     

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