Want to Delete Partition But Can't?

Posted on 2009-04-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
We have a HP/Compaq 6510b laptop (actually 2) that are having the same issue. When we boot up the system it will go straight to the black screen where it asks if you want to "Start in Safe Mode" "Safe Mode with Networking" or "From last known good configuration" or "Start Windows Normally". Well no matter which one you choose it will go to the screen where you see the Windows logo and the loading bar but at the same time each time the computer will shut down and go back to the black screen with the "Safe Mode" options. I want to either re-image the computer or re-install windows xp but I want to delete the partition first. Anyway when I go to the setup menu when booting up the machine I set the cd-rom to boot first hopefully bypassing the "Safe Mode" screen but thats not working either. HELP! What should I do???
Question by:ANGUIRUS
    LVL 4

    Accepted Solution

    Your issue seems to be the CD is not booting.  You will never recieve the safe mode screen before attempting to boot from CD.

    Check your BIOS settings and ensure that they are set to check the CD-Rom as a boot device before your HDD.  Ensure the CD is bootable and not damaged by trying on another machine.  If your BIOS has a Boot Utility (Press F12 to choose boot device type of thing)  use that to choose the CD and boot to your CD.

    Once you have successfully booted from your CD you can delete the partition recreate them and reinstall.
    LVL 70

    Assisted Solution

    Most recent HP's have a restore utility which will restore the system to its factory configuration without the need for a CD.   You press F11 during the boot process to access this -- BEFORE Windows begins booting.   Just tap F11 several times during the POST display and you should get to the restore screen.

    If that doesn't work, you'll need a Vista DVD to reinstall Vista.
    LVL 4

    Expert Comment

    Any luck yet?

    Expert Comment

    Your system might not be booting from the CD, if the CD itself is not actually bootable.

    Here you can get an ISO image of a live cd that boots a small linux kernel and loads a great partition management tool called "gparted"

    This link should start downloading the ISO:

    tinyurl of the above link to the ISO download:

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    Join & Write a Comment

    Suggested Solutions

    Title # Comments Views Activity
    Problem upgrading to W 10 14 50
    HP Pavilion dv8t laptop 20 52
    Display Port: Not Working on Dell P2214H LCD Monitor 6 22
    HD to RCA 7 64
    Sometimes you have a CD / DVD drive that will not show up in Windows Explorer under My Computer.  There could be a number of reasons for this, which this article will discuss.   I will cover a few basic ways you can try to find the problem yourself.…
    When you press your power button on your laptop and the LCD screen just stays black.  What is the problem? Possible problem can be the on-board video chip or Video Card. Possible problem can be the power inverter. Possible problem can be the ba…
    It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
    Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…

    731 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    18 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now