June 1st, 2004, 02:55 AM
problem with formatting my C drive
I've been using my pc for quite a while, installing and uninstalling apps, movies, music, games. Just about any thing ... after some time it started laggin pretty bad, I got some apps like Ad-Aware to clean my internet files, defragmented my C drives and what not to stop the PC from lagg, but unfortunatley I think it's time to formatt it.
The problem is I don't have my Boot disk nor my official XP cd. Now is there any way I can formatt my PC without these 2 elements?
Any help would be appreciated.
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June 1st, 2004, 02:57 AM
Format C: in MS-DOS mode. Go to command prompt and type Format C:
June 1st, 2004, 02:59 AM
wouldn't it ask me for some cd's or bootdisks after formatting?
June 1st, 2004, 03:02 AM
Nope. All it does is format all the file's on your C drive. Doesn't need/require anything other than you putting Y when it ask's for Y/N (that mean's Yes for Yes/No for those who are slow )
June 1st, 2004, 03:04 AM
mkay, and how would it install the WinXP back on and the rest ? Where would it get the info from ?
June 1st, 2004, 03:05 AM
So my question would be do you have any other Windows CD's? If not then i'm guessing that you need to run down to the local Computer Shop and purchase a CD..
Then once you have gotten the CD just do as Spyder suggested
And to make a Bootable disk just follow these instructions.
Format C:/ in MS-DOS mode. Go to command prompt and type Format C:/
happy booting my friend
To create an MS-DOS startup disk
The MS-DOS startup disk you create will allow you to boot into MS-DOS.
Insert a floppy disk into your computer's floppy drive.
Open My Computer, and then click the floppy disk drive to select it.
On the File menu, point to the name of the floppy drive, and then click Format.
Under Format options, click Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
Creating an MS-DOS startup disk erases all information on the floppy disk.
To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.
The MS-DOS startup disk only allows the system to boot into an MS-DOS prompt. The disk contains no additional tools.
June 1st, 2004, 03:06 AM
Windows is expencive to buy another cd .. is there any way I can do that without it ?
June 1st, 2004, 03:08 AM
is there any way I can simply erase every thing that is on my PC and not touch the WinXP? so that it would be clean but the xp would still be there ? (sounds dumb)
June 1st, 2004, 03:10 AM
you can also go to www.bootdisk.com and download one from there to accomplish the task of formatting, however as front2back explained, break out the cash for the xp cd or have someone send yours back to you. (For this purpose, format means erase xp will be dusted)
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June 1st, 2004, 03:10 AM
Just make a backup of all your data that you'll need. Put it on a floppy and make a bootdisk as front2back suggested. You should be alright.