Post by 3kliksphilip on Sept 24, 2009 23:29:57 GMT
Following the tutorial will wipe your Hard Drive. But you're safe to watch it with out anything happening
The bit where I delete the partition is the bit where the hard drive is wiped. If you do a Quick Format then it simply goes over the whole hard drive, telling all of the files to pretend to be wiped. If you do a proper format, it takes longer and it actually deletes everything.
I believe there is a way to recover files either way. Quick format suits me fine, you won't find any trace of the files unless you download special software to do so.
dont use youtube they're either people who cant talk... or 3klikphilip
Now, i have a Drive D:\ that i believe most computers come with, and it im not exactly sure whats in it, but it CAME with the computer, so does THAT have XP on it?? And i cannot edit any of the files as it says its 'protected' and also, that partition is formatted as FAT32 but my C:\ drive is NTFS, does that give any hints to what it is.
FAT32 can go up to a maximum of 32gig, where as NTFS is (kinda) limitless.
It's most convenient to have one partition per physical Hard Disk Drive (HDD), so drives larger than 32gig are best as NTFS.
If the D Drive (actually a Partition) is a "Recovery" drive that comes with new computers these days, then it should have stuff to restore your computer to factory settings (the good stuff plus all that junk they throw on it). The reason it's FAT32, is because its a small partition (less than 32gig). If it is a recovery drive, then that will explain why it is protected.
When i came to rebuild my computer, i took the "Drivers" folder to a external Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to keep it safe, and then formatted and deleted all partitions, including the recovery partition. I then created a single partition on the drive, using NTFS, and installed a clean version of the Operating System. I then used my external drive with the backed up driver folder to install the drivers i needed. This gave me all the good stuff, but without the junk.
Could i wipe C:\ and "boot from" D:\ would that work? because if i do this restore, its just going back in time, and so like in theory, whenever im doing things, its OVERWRITING that information, so wouldnt that be a little slower than WIPING and reinstalling xp, idk, my dad just wants to do the recovery thing, and not wipe anything, but i think that may cause some issues...??