Reformat Windows Xp 32 bit hard drive as NTFS to accept Windows 7 install.

By cdwright1 ·
My Acer Aspire has Windows7 Ultimate. Love it. So I bought Windows7 Home Premium for my husband's Acer. I performed a clean install on it.
It works so well- I'm on a roll so I decided to install on my little Acer Aspire One notebook (netbook??) which currently runs 32bit xp OS .
But I can't install it.. It has to be formatted as NTFS first.
How do I do that?

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Easy format to NTSF??

by cdwright1 In reply to Reformat Windows Xp 32 bi ...

I think I found it (A pat on the shoulder- I'm a natural geek.)
The windows 7 install includes a format option which I activated. It did the rest and now it looks like I'm well on my way to a new OS on my mini laptop. Sweet!

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Which model of Acer Aspire One netbook do you have?

I have an older one, Acer Aspire One ZG5, aka AOA 150-1786. Currently runs WinXP
Starter and Slax Linux. I've contemplated Win7, since my HP laptop has Win7Ultimate,
but so far I don't have any real complaints with XP on the Aspire One.
Win7 should support the video on the ZG5 (1024x600), though Win8 says it doesn't,
anyway not for the "Modern" UI. Let us know your results and impressions.

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by cdwright1 In reply to Reformat Windows Xp 32 bi ...

I have the Z65.. I had run the win 7 update advisor previous to my install and it said win 7 home premium could be installed..(32 bit) NOT!!!
It installed... But before it could finish installing updates I ran out of room on my main drive. I turned it off until I could figure out all my options...
One being just buy a used one off ebay for $40-$50.00 with the win OS already on it...
But I'm kindof attached to this one. I've had it for 5yrs- It was my 1st computer. I also have an Acer Aspire 3680..
I'm wondering if I should just replace the hard drive. I did try the Acer system/recovery discs but nothing happened. Because it was reformatted or due to it now running win7, I don't know.
I attempted the upgrade because xp just seems to run so slow for me-
Now it's a project for me to mess around with!! :)

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by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to DON'T DO IT!!

The emergency recovery partition may still be on the hard drive, since
Windows usually just formats the partition it is installing to. Finding it
may be difficult, might have to use a bootable Linux, like I use, Slax,
usually using version 6.1.2, available at old.slax.org. Have an extra
USB thumb drive handy and copy the contents of that partition to it...
might work? Might need an emergency startup disk/thumb drive though,
or maybe press F12 at boot and see if the option to boot from recovery
partition is there (probably isn't).

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