wipe hard drive

Posted: 06-10-2004, 09:29 PM
My son suggested that I wipe my hard drive to increase
performance(what exactly would that be? speed,
memory...??) and just to get everything organized again.
I recently upgraded to XP and had almost maxed out my HD
space, but have since uninstalled, etc. and am down to
1/3 free space (19GB total). I use Illustrator a lot and
need all the "energy" my computer can give! What do you
think of me doing this? Do you think it will really make
a difference? If so, where can I get explicit
instructions? My son says it isn't too hard to do, but
I'm not really an expert. Thanks, in advance!

wipe hard drive


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Re: wipe hard drive
Posted: 06-10-2004, 09:58 PM
The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
Windows XP to partition and format your drive:

NOTE: It would be best to physically disconnect all your peripheral hardware
devices, except the monitor, mouse and keyboard, before installing XP.

NOTE: If you have an internal Zip Drive installed, physically disconnect the
EIDE and power cable to it before proceeding, otherwise your main
hard drive may not be assigned the customary C: drive letter.
After installing Windows XP, you may then reconnect it.

1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".

===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
Windows partitions, then create a new partition, then format the primary
partition (preferably NTFS) and proceed to install Windows XP.

5. Clean Install Windows XP
http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

[Courtesy of Michael Stevens, MS-MVP]

6. ==> Immediately after installing Windows XP, turn on XP's Firewall.
==> http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

7. After Windows XP is installed, visit the Windows Update website
and download the available "Critical Updates".

8. After installing the critical updates, be sure and visit the support website
of the manufacturer of the computer to download and install any
available Windows XP compatible drivers, such as video adapter
and audio drivers.

9. If you happen to run into any installation difficulties, use the following resources:

How to Troubleshoot Windows XP Problems During Installation
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;310064

Troubleshooting Windows XP Setup
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_setup.htm

[Courtesy of MS-MVP Kelly Theriot]

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Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

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| My son suggested that I wipe my hard drive to increase
| performance(what exactly would that be? speed,
| memory...??) and just to get everything organized again.
| I recently upgraded to XP and had almost maxed out my HD
| space, but have since uninstalled, etc. and am down to
| 1/3 free space (19GB total). I use Illustrator a lot and
| need all the "energy" my computer can give! What do you
| think of me doing this? Do you think it will really make
| a difference? If so, where can I get explicit
| instructions? My son says it isn't too hard to do, but
| I'm not really an expert. Thanks, in advance!
 
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