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I am using a P4 with windows 2000 OS. My hard disk is currently partisioned  to C and D.
All my datas are in C drive. I wish to format my HD and reinstall 2000 again without removing any datas.
I am quite new to this, so pls help me step by step.

thanks
Izadhy
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Formatting a HDD removes all data from it. Your only chance is to backup your data first (additional HDD, tape or CD-R(w)) if you want to format the C drive.
If you want to leave the partitioning as it is, you can move your data to D, but if you want to repartition the HDD - see above.

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Dear Schmiegu
I wish to leave the partision as it is. So is it possible to move the datas to D and format C. and will the datas be safe by doing so.
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If you don't touch the partitioning scheme, the data will be safe (that's the reason I always have my data on as different partition - or disk - than the OS: I reinstall very often).
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Dear schmiegu
Thanks for the advice. Now tell me how to format it.
Is it going to explorer and selecting C drive, right click it and select format or going to BIOS???
So please tell me in detail.

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Izadhy
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When you start your computer from the W2k CD, it should ask for the partition to install in and further, to format the drive or to leave it as it is. Choose formatting in NTFS. It's some time ago, that I installed W2k pro the last time, so I'm not sure, if you will really get asked (there are so many things automated in setup, that you have to create your own unattended setup to customize it) or if it will just install a fresh copy on the second partition. At the time I'm mostly installing servers on unpartitioned HDDs - so it may differ a bit.

You cannot format the system drive from within W2k - and the BIOS format (if it works at all) does a destructive low level format of all the HDD.

If you have a W98 boot disk, you can start from this and if your second partition is a primary as well, you can delete the first partition an have setup create a new one (this doesn't work, if your second partition is an extended one).
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Reinstall Windows 2000 in C: does not require reformatting C:
If you want to install a new fresh Windows 2000
on C:, just follow the Win2K installation,
select another Win2K folder when asked.
After booting your system with new Win2K, you can remove
the old Win2K folder. Remember to edit Boot.ini to remove
the entry pointing to the old Win2K folder.
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Dear schmiegu
Thanks for the help

Bye
Izadhy
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