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How do I reformat when installing Windows 2000?

Posted By : Robert of Mesa Community College on December 16, 2002

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I want to format my hard drive but I can't figure out how to do it. I have Windows 2000 using NTFS. The WIN2K disk asks you if you want to do a new installation, but when it does all that happens is existing files are replaced and you end up with all the profiles that already existed still there and all the software that you had and nothing is erased. You just have a clean desktop. How do I go about formatting my drive so there is nothing on it?

This question was answered on December 16, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It's easy to jump past options while setting up Windows 2000, but at some point, it will ask you if you want to reformat your hard drive.

To begin, boot from your CD drive You may have to change your bios setup to do this.

Carefully read everything that comes up on the screen I know sitting through all those long waits between option screens is tedious, but you will be rewarded in the end.


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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on December 16, 2002

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