Reformatting questions

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  1. Kirby McSpic

    Kirby McSpic New Member

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    I already backed up all my data onto dvds and I am ready to reformat my 200 GB HD. How would I go about wiping out the HD completely. I know I can do this thru booting XP on cmd, but I don't know how to do it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
     
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    You might could boot off of a win98 startup disk (floppy) and format c: but if your current file structure is ntfs then that may not work. It's been a long time since I've done that.
    Best way is to boot off the XP cd and at some point it will ask you to format the HD for ntfs, fat32, etc.
     
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    It is NTFS, so that's why my win98 boot didn't work. But umm, will it still reformat it into NTFS even though it's the same format?
     
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    If you're installing XP, its easy as shit.

    I tried finding a walk-thru with screenshots, but didnt find any in my quick search. The following link has a walkthru, but no screenies. It describes the process well... and its straight from MS.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q313348/

    Steps 1-6 in that walkthru are BS and easy, and you only need to start paying attention at step 7.

    When you get to step 11, select "Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick)" unless you want to literally spend all day waiting for it to reformat, lol.
     
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    Is there any difference between the quick format and the regular format(besides time that is)
     
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    "The difference between the regular format versus the quick format is whether or not the volume is scanned for bad sectors using the chkdsk command. Both methods remove the files from the volume."

    Some info on that here...

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302686&Product=winxp
     
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    So does that mean that the reg format will also erase bad sectors? Or will it just scan them to inform you of them?
     
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    just do a quick format... if the drive is good, a quick format is much faster. If the drive is bad, the long format sure isn't gonna fix it.
     

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