Re: reformatting xp
- From: SteveL <SteveL@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 04:25:02 -0700
LOL, you apparantly have no clue, the posts says reformat, this means wipping
clean, this means that if you do not back up your data it is gone, so what
exactly that you want me to warn people about???
"Kerry Brown" wrote:
The procedure in the previous post will delete all partitions on the hard
drive with very little chance of any data recovery.
You should warn people before you post something like this. There is no need
to do a low level format just to delete one partition. It is very rare that
a low level format is needed to clean a virus. I have worked on thousands of
computers and seen one root kit where I did a low level format just to be
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Follow these instructions if you have had virus/spyware on your
Formatting HD for XP
In order to do a very clean install you may want to download and
create a (FKA) Low Level Format diskette. You should be able to get a
LLF (HD format utility that writes 0's to the drive) utility from
your HD manufacture:
FAQ: Low level format
The reason is that some viruses and even Windows OS can leave traces
of itself on your HD, I have formatted numerous systems, set
specificate settings, re-formatted the unit using Windows XP OS and
there it was most settings where already set, this LLF utility will
insure that the hard drive be wiped clean for XP or any OS install.
Be advised that this utility will wipe all partitions from your drive
so you will have to re-create them, no biggy this is part of the OS
Insert XP CD into your CD-Rom drive (the BIOS must be set to boot
from the CD-Rom 1st), power down the PC. Before powering the PC on,
unplug the Internet connection, scanners, printers, any peripheral
attached including modems, wireless cards.
Power on PC, when windows starts create your partition(s) as desired
(example below), format your primary partition and install XP. Once
the OS has installed do not connect to the Internet, install your
anti-virus and firewall, connect to the Internet and do your live
updates for your anti-virus, firewall, then windows, after this has
completed install the rest of your SW and perform your updates to
Download the latest drivers for your peripherals, then install your
hardware, (note: some peripherals require that you first install the
SW prior to installing the hardware, consult your manufactures manual
Note: Partition creation suggestions, this example is for a drive of
C: (3 GB), D: (28 GB), then I would leave the extra untouched in case
I would want to do testing, installing different OS like Linux or Win
2K/2003 server or any other OS. Install the OS on the larger drive
(AKA Partition). Install the OS to the D: drive.
Why 3 GB initial partition? It is because you may want to place your
pagefile on this partition most Windows OS's work better when the
pagefile is on a different drive and since Windows accesses this file
every time it is used this would speed up file access, or file
swapping. Another would be that if for some unforeseen reason you
have to format your PC you can place your Data on this drive then
format your boot partition drive safely.
hi, i need to reformat my pc to get rid of alot of spyware and just
to generally speed up my pc. i have 3 partitions (over 2 hard
drives) and i just want to format one of the partitions (C drive). i
thought the way to do it was to go into my computer, right click on
C drive and click Format. this doesn't work, it says that windows
can't format the drive because programs are running (i presume this
in windows). can anyone tell me an easy way to format one partition?
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