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Question about reformatting Windows 2000 with Windows 2003 Server software

Hi all,

I'm trying to install Windows 2003 Server software on my computer which has Windows 2000.  I thought that during the installation process, it would "reformat" my hard drive.  It's not doing that.  It just lists the C drive and how much of it is being used.  Obviously there's not enough left to be used by Windows Server program.  I asked it install it over the C: drive.  It refuses to do so, saying there are system files.  I cannot install it over and am not sure what to do.

I want to be able to reformat the hd so I can install my Windows 2003 software.  How do I do that?  Is that the only way I can do it?  I'm not too good around computers...any help would be greatly appreciated..........

I didn't realize that I was supposed to assign the points of difficulty until now.  I think this is an easy question, is it not? Because all it requires someone to tell me how to reformat my hard drive.......within 2000 Windows.....which should be "easy", right?  This is the first time I've ever posted... so please don't get mad if I've assigned too little points...
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mrpez1Commented:
When it shows you the old partition (c: drive), you need to delete it and then create a new partition to install 2003 on. Make sure you don't need any of the data off these as it will be gone for good.
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justinm99Commented:
The windows 2003 software allows you to re format your drive. Try the following:

Boot from the CD

It will scan your drives and tell you the current configuration; ie. c:\  10240mb.

You should be able to select that drive and delete it. I can't remember the key to delete a partition but it tells you instructions on how to do it.

I think you're having problems because you're running the installer from windows instead of booting from it (turning the computer off and having the computer start from the CD). You can set the computer to start from the CD rom in your BIOS. Let me know how this helps.
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webbymadAuthor Commented:
I do boot from the CD.  It has only one drive.  It does offer the option to delete that partition.  However, when I press D to delete it, it warns me that it contains system files.

Um.... I just tried it again.  I didn't realize what it gave me was a warning, before allowing me to proceed further.  Yesterday, I didn't notice that.  I thought it wasn't letting me proceed anymore.  But once I got past the warning, I was able to get to the setup.  As of now, the Setup is formatting the partition.

Thank you both for responding.  Um...I'm really new to this expert exchange.  And both of your comments are pretty much similar.  I don't know who to accept because I don't want to be unfair to either of you.  I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do now.  
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mrpez1Commented:
Split the points and don't worry about. My reward is seeing justice done.
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justinm99Commented:
sounds good!
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webbymadAuthor Commented:
Is that possible, to accept both of your answers?   When I first did this post, I actually gave it 10 points worth.  This site wouldn't let me do that, saying that 10 pts was too little.  

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justinm99Commented:
I think you need to click the split points button to the right of a comment.
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webbymadAuthor Commented:
I don't see split points button anywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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justinm99Commented:
you can accept my answer because mine was more detailed then :)
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mrpez1Commented:
Well, mine was far more timely.
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justinm99Commented:
But I have no points yet :(
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webbymadAuthor Commented:
Ok.........I'm not sure what to do...... Right now, I'm trying to increase the points.........and hopefully, that will enable the "split" button to appear somewhere.........

And this is rather amusing.........if I were not in the middle of this.........
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webbymadAuthor Commented:
There!!  Done!!  Thanks!!!!!!!!!  See you around.  
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