Formatting your hard drive
may be required to resolve hardware conflicts and can be done through a Windows XP installation CD. If a secondary hard disc has to be formatted, it can be done through the administrative tools of the operating system running on the computer. For primary hard drive installation
, partitions have to be created on the drive. Creating a partition
on the hard drive can be done with a Windows XP installation CD. After the partitions have been created, the hard drive can be formatted and installed. Formatting the hard drive
may take some time to complete.
Formatting Your Hard Drive
A hard disk drive is a non-volatile device mainly for data storage. Usually faster than any other storage device, this essential part of your computer stores all main data and program permanently used. For this specific reason, it is called the Data Centre and it also plays a very important role in overall system performance. Like any part of your computer, the hard disk is not lifetime durable. It gets torn through time but also due to overuse and misuse. Logical failures may also be caused by virus infection, spyware, files and data corruption with your computer hard disk that compel you to format your hard disk.
This process will inevitably clean up all existing active files on your computer. It is recommended that you save all files needed for future use. For formatting and installation of Windows XP, please ensure that you have the discs for any applications or third party hardware you use so they can be re-installed after this process. You can save everything on a DVD, CD drive or even another hard drive that you will not format in order not to lose them.
To Format a secondary Hard Drive, Right-click on "My Computer
" and select "Manage
" > "Computer Management (Local
)" > "Storage
" and double click on "Disk Management
This process will display partitions of your hard drive on the right side of your window
basically differentiated in terms of size. If you choose to format only partition per drive,
you must select and delete the specific partition on the drive you are going to format. To
do this operation, you must right-click on the partition and select "Delete Partition
" in order to confirm deletion of partition.
The box corresponding to the deleted partition will now display a black bar with a
" relating to its size.
To format the partition, you should right click on above mentioned partition and select
" >"Primary partition
" and click on "Next
Next, set the maximum partition size and click "Next
" (See below picture)
Below screen shots will appear. Your computer will automatically choose the first
available drive letter for the new drive. You can choose another drive from the
drop down menu. To confirm, click on Next
In the New Partition Wizard, choose NTFS
(New Technology File System) in the file
system as it is quick and reliable and leave the allocation unit size as default. In the
volume label field, enter the name you want for your drive. Nevertheless, choose a simple
name and avoid using spaces. You can opt for a quick format by checking the box labeled "Perform
a quick format" if the hard drive is a brand new one. Leave the box "Enable file and
" unchecked and click on "Next
" followed by "Finish
" on the next page displayed. (Refer to the image below)
The wizard will then format the hard disk which shall take a little while depending on the
volume and size of the drive. Do not close "Computer Management
" until it finishes the
process. You will notice the size of the drive changed from "Formatting
" to "Healthy
well as the name of the drive put on show when the procedure completed. You can now access your newly formatted drive.
Formatting and installing your Hard drive using the installation CD
Another means of reformatting your hard disk is to use your Windows XP installation CD.
Here also, it is crucial to save all important information on another drive that won't be
formatted as all information will be erased from this application.
First of all, insert the installation disc in the CD drive and follow the instructions
displayed as in the image below:
The CD will load a blue screen and will load the necessary files. To set up windows, press
The screen displayed below will appear. Here you can choose to delete the useless partition
or even keep it for future backups. Use the Up and Down arrow keys to highlight your
"C:" partition and press the 'D' key for deletion. This is not applicable if there is no
If you choose to delete the partition press "L" to confirm deletion.
You should press "ESC
" if you choose not to delete partition for your computer to return
to the previous window. However if you delete the partition, you will return automatically to the
previous window. Follow the instructions on the screen screen. If you choose to create a new partition,
press the Down arrow key to highlight "To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C
and press C as mentioned for validating your command.
When creating a new partition on the unpartitioned space, choose the maximum partition size
). Press Enter
to launch the set up.
When prompted, choose the New Technology File System (NTFS) option if you have a new had drive as this is reliable and faster. Then press "Enter
The installation process my take some time.
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Original article published by chat_teigne
. Translated by deri58
. - Latest update by Jeff