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Posted: April 4th, 2008, 9:48pm Report to Moderator
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Hello everybody,
I am a newbie in this Forum,I am using XP Home edition, an I wanted to upgrade to XP pro.but the problem is that I can't format C, I mean the old way via my com/right click on property, en then click on <<format C>> doesn't work.
do you know any other manner to help me format my C:\ ???

thanks in advance,
eman :-/
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Posted: April 5th, 2008, 3:42pm Report to Moderator
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   Please be warned that formatting your harddrive can be one big headache for days to come and will destroy all of your data, programs, and Windows.  If you are not well versed in the whole process, it would be a lot better if you did not format.
   You cannot format C because the files that are used to perform the format are on C, plus Windows is on C and Windows is running.  That is like chopping off your arm and then wondering why your arm no longer chops wood.
   If you want to format C, you have to load an Operating System that is not on C (this could be DOS from a boot diskette or Window's recovery tools from the WinXP CD) and then format C from there.
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Posted: April 5th, 2008, 11:47pm Report to Moderator
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a stupped question, wasn't it?
thank you any way, but I have one more:
would you please explain me where can I find this Window's recovery tools from the XP CD? I mean how should I extract it from the CD?
thanks in advance,
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Posted: April 7th, 2008, 1:45am Report to Moderator
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   I don't remember what the XP CD does.
   Try putting the CD in the CD drive, starting the computer, when asked, telling your computer to boot from the CD drive, and then go from there.  As I remember it, the Windows setup program will start.  I think that you can get out of the setup program and then do the format.
   Maybe someone else can give better details on that.
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Posted: April 7th, 2008, 9:32pm Report to Moderator
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Thanks anyhow,
I'll try to inform somewhere else.
have a nice day
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Posted: April 9th, 2008, 10:54am Report to Moderator
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The XP CD will allow you to reformat your C Drive before installation. Start the install process and pay careful attention to the on screen prompts and all will be fine.
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