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Format disk

Posted on 2003-03-05
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There was a recent discussion on that, but the original question was for removing Windows 2000 to replace it with Windows ME (or was it XP?)

I want to format my primary disk which has Windows 2000 Professional, and simply reinstall Windows 2000 Professional. I tried using the Windows utilities for formatting, but of course, it won't let you do that (this is the C: drive with Windows on it).

I want to maintain the single partition concept that I currently have, and I want to stick to NTFS file format.

I'm guessing that I need a boot disk, and will need to format, but am not sure about the process for reinstalling Windows 2000, and also the various drivers that came with my ASUS motherboard.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is not a routine task that I would do everyday...


Question by:danielpoirier

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Zephanova earned 60 total points
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You can use the windows 2k setup disk to format the C:
you just have to make sure you boot to cd rom before the Hardrive

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You can use the windows 2k setup disk to format the C:
you just have to make sure you boot to cd rom before the Hardrive

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duy earned 90 total points
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The windows 2000 cd is bootable provided that you set the boot order to cdrom before your boot drive. This is done using the BIOS settings.  When the cd boots, go in there and format your drive to NTFS and proceed from there.  
If your cdrom drive is not bootable, then boot using the floppy and make sure you load the cdrom driver.
If you format the drive, yes, you will have to reload drivers that came with your mainboard.  How old is the board?  Those drivers might not be any useful any longer.
Good luck!
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Why reformat? Why not just reinstall W2000? There seems to be an obsession with reformatting before installing or reinstalling an O/S. In some cases, it may be advisable, but it's rarely necessary. I've never had to do it, except when regressing from NTFS to FAT32.

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check this link...answer for your question is right there with procedure on how to do.


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