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  1. RubbishRat

    RubbishRat Guest

    Plan "A"
    Go to Motherboard bios settings ( usually press Delete OR F2 key during
    boot), Set the first boot disk as CD1 in the bios settings, save changes,
    then boot from XP CD.
    Plan "B"
    If "A" doesn't work then go back to bios and set first boot disk as floppy,
    save changes, then boot with a win98 boot disk ( Or Win2000 or whatever you
    have, even a DOS boot disk). From the A:\ prompt type fdisk and press
    enter. once in fdisk choose option 3 to delete all partitions. once
    partitions deleted, switch off and go back to plan A.
    Win XP will detect the drive and want to format the drive itself.
    Best of Luck,
  2. Does know how to format a hard drive from DOS?
    I have a dell computer using windows 2000 and novel OS. Unfortunately, I
    don,t have to password. I want to erase the hard drive so I can install
    windows XP. Can anyone help? I will be forever grateful.
  3. You should be able to boot on a bootable floppy and run fdisk to erase the
    partition table. Then set the boot device to the CD drive & proceed with
    the XP install.

  4. First, make absolutely sure that you do not have a drive overlay set up. An
    overlay is a program that allows an older computer to use all the available
    disk drive space. Generally, if you have a modern computer (Pentium 4 or
    Athlon XP), you do not need drive overlay software.

    Restart the computer entirely in DOS mode using a bootable floppy disk with the
    FDISK program included in it.

    Select the option to delete the primary partition on the hard drive. Follow
    all instructions. This is assuming your hard drive does not have any extended
    partitions, which home computers normally don't. If your drive has any
    extended partitions, those must be deleted first before deleting the primary

    After you are done, reboot the computer.

    As indicated, set the BIOS to boot from a CD and use the Windows XP
    installation CD to boot the computer up.

    Windows XP setup will detect the hard disk and find that it does not have a
    partition. Choose all recommended options and Windows XP will partition and
    format the drive with the NTFS file system automatically. - Reinhart
  5. Note: Make sure your FDISK is a recent enough version to be able to
    deal with large partitions!

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  6. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    The Windows 98 CD has a recent version of Fdisk on it, and it's bootable
    too. I use it to do just what the original poster is looking for.
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