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formatting my hard drive

By myprivate_msn ·
i have a dual boot system with win 98 and win xp pro. i have 4 partitions, c,d,e,f and g: as my cd rom drive and a: as my floppy drive. i have win 98 on c: and win xp on d: . i want to reformat my d drive and resinstall win xp pro keeping my win 98 intact and also few of my data. i have a win xp pro installation cd. can u give me step wise procedure to perform the above actions? thank u.

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by statykserver In reply to formatting my hard drive

Boot up with your windows xp pro cd and chose to install it on the partition that has a previous version of windows xp on it. It should give you an option to format that partition before installing wiping out the previous partition. Also before you do that just make note of the c:\boot.ini file contents. It should resemble the following although yours should have a reference to another partition.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

That is just incase your windows 98 is not showing up on the list of operating systems to boot and you can make the changes to the new boot.ini file but I don't think that will happen it is just a precaution.

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by wcp In reply to formatting my hard drive

Boot the computer with a Windows 98 Startup disk and run ?SYS C without quotes.
This will remove Windows NT boot loader.
Install Windows XP from the CD-ROM. In the installation process, delete, create partition (D:), format the partition, and install Windows XP Pro.

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