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Old 01-18-2008, 01:07 PM   #1
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Is there a way to reformat my hard drive from the BIOS? Also scroll down to my other thread i posted today about the problem "computer frozen in middle of xp reinstall" If you can help I you!

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Hi cheese,

Formatting the hard drive is not the purpose for the BIOS.
You'll need a boot disk to do that.

http://www.bootdisk.com

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is there any reformat the HD if i cannot access winxp? I have the boot disk and when it is at the point of installing drivers, it locks up and there is no way out but to perform a hard shut down. Any ideas? Again...
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Yes,

You can remove the HDD and mount it into another computer as a slave.
Use this computer to format the hard drive.
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Did you disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.
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it is just the laptop as it came from the factory. Nothing is plugged in exept speakers and a mic. What happens if i cannot use another computer for that purpose? any other ways to work with this. Thank you for posting, i really appreciate it.
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Try unpluggging the mike and speakers, boot from the XP CD and delete the partition(s) then try to reinstall
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I have done that, and it is still locking up. Thank you for your post though,!!!
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Cheese,

What computer do you have? Please specify the make and model.
Also, what version of Windows XP are you trying to install, and with which Service Pack???

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