Whilst reformatting my PC with XP/SP2 with the XP disk I discovered the following problems:
Even though I reformatted the disk into C partition and D, it left (or later copied) Windows files onto the C partition, and then told me I had an operating system on the drive and installed two versions of XP.
The only way I could delete these was to install XP on the D partition and then delete the files from Windows (can't believe how clumsy this was) -- then re-partition again (and even then it thought that there was an operating system on the C drive) and push through the install. This worked -- but how stodgy!
The next problem was that several frustrating times I got a blue screen (black text) message telling me about a dire problem and that I either had a hardware problem or I had shaddowing or caching enabled somewhere in the PC. I just kept rebooting to push past this.
And the third problem was that XP would get to a phase in its installation and then declare that there was some missing file????
So my question is: Does anybody know of a simple programme that will format and partition NTFS drives/partitions and really remove all the remnant files? And what were all those messages about?
Not interested in Partition Magic or Paragon -- just a simple format/partition programme -- like FDISK was for FAT32.