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Old 20th January, 2003, 03:45 AM
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Fresh Install XP Pro

Probably next week sometime I plan to install XP Pro on my computer. I'm currently using Win 98 SE. I want to re-format the HD and wipe off all traces of 98 SE from the HD. Will formatting the HD be enough or do I need to do something else?

I've read the when using a HD under 30 gb that you should use a Fat 32 partition and when over 32 gb that you should use a NTFS partition. Can you use a NTFS partition on a 30 gb HD?


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Old 20th January, 2003, 06:28 PM
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At the A:\ prompt, after booting the machine with a 98SE Start-Up floppy in the A:\ drive, type "fdisk /mbr" , then hit Enter. Then format the drive. A 30 Gb FAT32 or NTFS partition, volume or drive is no problem for XP.

Win 98SE's boot floppy can only format in FAT16(?) and FAT32. If you want it to, XP will convert a FAT32 partition to NTFS with no problems. But XP can't convert NTFS to FAT32. Maybe Partition Magic can?

If I really want that fresh scrubbed feeling, I fdisk the MBR as well as the entire HDD. Then I format the partitions.

All of these operations can be performed after booting from the XP CD-ROM. Pre-doing this with a 98SE Start-Up floppy isn't necessary.
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Old 20th January, 2003, 08:15 PM
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Fresh Install XP Pro

Thanks for the info, I'm still kinda new to this, so thanks for the information. I'm not familiar with the MBR that you used, please pardon my ignorance. What is it? I'm getting excited about XP Pro, can't wait to get XP up and running.


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Re: Fresh Install XP Pro

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Thanks for the info, I'm still kinda new to this, so thanks for the information. I'm not familiar with the MBR that you used, please pardon my ignorance. What is it? I'm getting excited about XP Pro, can't wait to get XP up and running.


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"MBR" is shorthand for the Master Boot Record. It's a very small section of hard drives that is very important. In this case, fdisking the Master Boot Record will remove "let's boot Win 98SE" from the drive.
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Old 22nd January, 2003, 05:53 AM
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Thanks for your help, Cloasters. I really appreciate it.


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You are most welcome! We are here to help. Ask away, at least one person on the board knows the answer.
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Old 23rd January, 2003, 04:00 AM
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OK, all operations can be done from the XP installation disk, including fdisking my HDD to remove all traces of Win 98 SE from my HDD. I'm assuming that before I do anything else, that fdisking the HDD is the first think I do, is there a particular function or setup item that I look for to do this and do I have to type in any Dos commands and if so what are they (please be specific). I'm sorry to keep asking questions that are to basic to everyone else, but I've never done this before (I seem to keep repeating myself). Maybe a step by step instructions to get me through the first few parts, namely fdisking and maybe the partitioning of the HDD. I just really intend to use the whole HDD as one big partition though. Again thanks for everyones help.


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Quickly: -

1. Insert XP CD
2. Set BIOS to boot from CD first
3. On-screen option to "New" install, cf. "Upgrade" - unless you want to dual-boot for older games?
4. Select NTFS for whole HDD
5. Sit back & relax

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