How do you format without deleting windows

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  1. BlaqueMan

    BlaqueMan New Member

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    sos i finally got my computer working and i was wondering how t delete everything off it, even all the shit i can find, basically delete EVERYTHING but the OS


    how might i do this? i hear there are certain utilities that let you
     
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    MrBrotato New Member

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    You cannot "format" without deleting the OS. The best thing you can do is run disk cleanup tools. I don't have any to recommend though because I format and reinstall Windows as needed.
     
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    Seconding just formatting and reinstalling. Sometimes you need to do it. My computer is about ready :sad2:
     
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    sk0rcher The universe is watching

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    Wish it was possible...
     
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    GooeyGus I has Laz0rz.

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    You cant... everything will be gone once you format...


    On a side note, when you install windows, set aside a partition (mine is 10gb) that will store ONLY the operating system, and maybe smaller programs that are easy to re-download. That way, if you ever need to do a clean install of windows, you only have to format that smaller partition. All your programs and data are saved. Works like a charm :bigthumb:
     
  6. BlaqueMan

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    thats a really good idea gus, thanks
     
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    sonicsuby New Member

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    If you have the space, I would use more than 10GB for the OS. I would use 20GB min. You need to plan ahead as it's a PITA to increase partition size later.
     
  8. BlaqueMan

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    what is the best way to format? when i put in the xp professional cd it only givess me the option to update
     
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    Are you booting off of the CD or just putting it in the system while it's booted?

    Make sure any important files you have on your drive are backed up. Don't worry about backing up applications (like word, excel or games) but DO back up the data from them that you've saved (like .doc, .xls, pictures, etc). Once you format, they go bye-bye.
     
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    My Computer - right click C drive.....format ohnoes
     
  11. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    How the F does that work? You must run into an assload of errors. Most programs use the system's registry.. which will not have any of the installed keys if you format.:ugh:
     
  12. GooeyGus

    GooeyGus I has Laz0rz.

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    No errors here on any major programs (games, etc) some monitoring programs run into trouble, but for the most part all of your most important information is saved vs losing absolutely everything if you dont separate them

    As far as partition size, 10gb works for me because the ONLY thing I put on that partition is the OS. So anything else that gets added is only small dll or system files added by programs. But, that is using xp. I would assume for vista you would need a much bigger partition
     
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    I had 10GB, I had to expand it though to 20GB, and even that is sometimes not enough. Keep in mind anything on your desktop or in my documents is C drive. so is the recycle bin. Also you want at least 30% free space no matter what.
     
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    i've read that splitting a single drive up into multiple partitions actually slows down XP. it is much better suited to a single large filesystem.
     

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