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Ok i just bought a P4P800-E-Deluxe and and i'm going to use my old HD! i just bought a XP CD. so since i got a new mobo i should reformat right? i dont need anything thats on my HD so what i got to do is reformat by using the XP CD, so i need help on how to Reformat and install XP onto my HD again and after that i'm good since i just got to install my Mobo's drivers and my GPU drivers.and btw i have no floppy Drive thats why i bought a XP CD, heres the description of the XP CD:

Laptop & Desktop Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, XP Quick Restore CD
With Auto-Loading CD-ROM Drivers
Includes Full and Detailed Instructions!

Also:
*Use This Disk To Run FDISK (partition hard drive)
*Use This Disk To Run FORMAT (delete hard drive info)
*Use This Disk To Clean Install Windows
*Use This Disk To Re-Install Windows
*Use This Disk To Install A New Hard Drive and Windows


So basically i need help on how to delete everyhing on my HD and reinstall windows XP with that CD i have
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Err read the "Full and Detailed Instructions"?

The installion should be easy, but if you get stuck on a part, post here
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Well i havent recieved the CD yet so i was wondering if i could learn here so when i get the CD i'm prepared to do it right away but reformatting and reinstallling is what has to be done when a New Mobo is replaced right? so that CD i bought should work right?


a partition is a logical division of a hard disk created so that you can have different operating systems on the same hard disk or to create the appearance of having separate hard drives for file management, multiple users, or other purposes. A partition is created when you format the hard disk. Typically, a one-partition hard disk is labelled the "C:" drive ("A:" and "B:" are typically reserved for diskette drives). A two-partition hard drive would typically contain "C:" and "D:" drives. (CD-ROM drives typically are assigned the last letter in whatever sequence of letters have been used as a result of hard disk formatting, or typically with a two-partition, the "E:" drive.)

i think i get it now! a partition is to set up my HD right so i only need to do one partition right?
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Originally Posted by SR20Drift3r
Well i havent recieved the CD yet so i was wondering if i could learn here so when i get the CD i'm prepared to do it right away but reformatting and reinstallling is what has to be done when a New Mobo is replaced right? so that CD i bought should work right?
It should. Don't worry, it's easy, as long as you know what a partion is
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Thats when you have to assign how much GB the Hard rive has and where you gotta put XP into right? like i said i dont need to save anything from my HD i just want to wipe out everything and reinstall XP so my Mobo works fine!
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Originally Posted by SR20Drift3r
Thats when you have to assign how much GB the Hard rive has and where you gotta put XP into right? like i said i dont need to save anything from my HD i just want to wipe out everything and reinstall XP so my Mobo works fine!
when you format, delete the partion and install Windows on that

You'll figure it out easy, don't worry
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so when i get to the format section theres an option to delete the partition? so i delete it and install windows into the partiton and i'm done with reformatting and reinstalling XP? sorry i'm a Noob and this is my first Build

a partition is a logical division of a hard disk created so that you can have different operating systems on the same hard disk or to create the appearance of having separate hard drives for file management, multiple users, or other purposes. A partition is created when you format the hard disk. Typically, a one-partition hard disk is labelled the "C:" drive ("A:" and "B:" are typically reserved for diskette drives). A two-partition hard drive would typically contain "C:" and "D:" drives. (CD-ROM drives typically are assigned the last letter in whatever sequence of letters have been used as a result of hard disk formatting, or typically with a two-partition, the "E:" drive.)

So a partition is to set up my HD right?

http://www.professor-mario.com/sot/s...lesson4-3d.htm

Ok thats how to setup the partition and reformat and etc. right? ^^^

Ok since it requires a floppy drive i have that CD thats for ppl like me with No floppy so all i do is pop in that CD and the steps will be the same right? i think i understand Now
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