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cant reformat corrupted laptop HDD

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The secret to installing Windows XP on the correct drive, is to make sure that you delete all the partitions on the hard drive at the beginning and then repartition and format the drive before installing Windows. If you Partition the hard drive at the beginning it should automatically assign C: as the drive letter for the hard drive. If it does not, you are stuck with whatever drive letter that it assigns to the drive. It will read the install drive as that drive letter and it is VERY difficult to change the drive letter because it is saved in the registry in thousands of entries.

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