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Can I format my hard drive with this version of Windows? I bought it from IBUYPOWER and I only have the recovery disk.
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post #12 of 59
You should be able to do it when you reinstall windows.
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Okay...I've never formatted before. So if someone could give me a step by step on how to do it, I would be greatly appreciative and would give reps.
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post #14 of 59
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
Can I format my hard drive with this version of Windows? I bought it from IBUYPOWER and I only have the recovery disk.
I don't think you can do a fresh install with a "recovery" disc.
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I don't think you can do a fresh install with a "recovery" disc.

Hmm...so then I would have to buy a whole new copy of Windows to format?
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post #16 of 59
No need to offer reps we will still help, lol. When you boot off of your recovery disk there will be an option during the re-install of windows to delete the c: partition, do that. Be warned all your data will be gone, so back up first if you need. Then create a partition with all the free space. After that do a full format of the hard drive before you install windows. All of these options will make a bit more sense when your actually doing it.
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post #17 of 59
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Yeah I tried that...and it said there were no drives.
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Is the drive showing up in the BIOS?
    
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Yeah, it's showing up in the BIOS but when I try to format it this is what it looks like:

http://img466.imageshack.us/img466/4...20small5oj.jpg
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Okay...I finally got it to format my hard drive. Woot, so I'm installing all my drivers and such. And then I need to restart, so it restarts and guess what, it freezes on the Windows loading screen again!! So, this time I decided that instead of restarting my computer once the bar freezes, that I was going to wait and see if anything happened. Well about 20-30 seconds later the bar starts moving again, but only for 5-10 seconds. Then the process repeated itself for a little while and then my computer just restarted. Once I get to the black screen showing all my devices, I receive a system boot failure. Yay! I thought that formatting my hard drive would be sure way to fix it. But apparently not.

One thing I have noticed about the disk boot failures is that they seem to randomly come and go. Like I started ocing my comp a little bit last night, and right when I was about to find my CPU max speed I got one. Being extremely frusterated, I turned the computer off and just went to bed. But today when I got home, it turned on fine. Weird, eh?

Also, another thing I have noticed about the disk boot failures is that in the upper right hand corner of the screen, it says L2 Cache Size: 1024k x 2. But it only says that when there is a disk boot failure.

So now, do you guys thing my problem is still hard drive related, and will I have to buy another hard drive. And since I bought my computer from IBUYPOWER...if I buy a new hard drive, will I have to buy a new Windows XP disc?
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