Format Hard Disk

  monkiheed 11:14 01 Apr 05
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I recently tried to upgrade from XP home to XP pro. I took the opportunity to format the entire hard disk before putting pro on. I used the XP pro disk that dell provided and deleted ALL partitions and installed the new OS as normal. All went fine-ish. Now at boot-up I am presented with an option to boot pro (which it does successfully) or home (which it fails to load. Do I have two operating systems on the go at once? or is this another windows annoyance?

  rawprawn 11:54 01 Apr 05

If it's a Dell machine that came loaded with XP Home in the first place. It will have a hidden partition that you cannot format using ordinary methods. I am not sure but I think that the discs that Dell provide take this into account and I think you should contact Dell for advice. I have a Dell 4300 and recently upgraded from Dell loaded XP Home to XP Pro, but I used a full XP Pro disc not the one that Dell would supply with an XP preloaded machine. I have had no problem at all with the full version of XP Pro.

  rawprawn 11:54 01 Apr 05

If it's a Dell machine that came loaded with XP Home in the first place. It will have a hidden partition that you cannot format using ordinary methods. I am not sure but I think that the discs that Dell provide take this into account and I think you should contact Dell for advice. I have a Dell 4300 and recently upgraded from Dell loaded XP Home to XP Pro, but I used a full XP Pro disc not the one that Dell would supply with an XP preloaded machine. I have had no problem at all with the full version of XP Pro.

  monkiheed 20:23 02 Apr 05

Thanks for the help rawprawn. You mentioned that you cannot delete the hidden partition using ordinary methods ... could you suggest any other methods/utilities (ideally free as i am a cheapskate) I could try?

  the kopite 06:56 03 Apr 05

monkiheed I dont know if you resolved your problem but I had the same problem and the only way I could do it was a low level format using the disk makers utility (western digital disk wizard) this removed all traces of the previous os kopite

  keith-236785 13:20 03 Apr 05

using partition magic you could remove the hidden partition, but that would cost.

i believe a prog called Ranish partiton managaer does the same thing and is free,

or you could try using fdisk to remove all partitions and start afresh but that would mean a total format of your system.

  dan11 13:48 03 Apr 05

This may give you an insight as to why XP home will not boot. click here

You could try killdisk. click here

load it onto a floppy disk and boot the system up. It should show you all the drives, including A. You could try selecting the hidden drive ( if it shows ) and then format. The trouble may be that certain files for XP pro have been written to that active partition. You may be put in a position were your edition of XP pro will not boot.

Think carefully.

  wobblymike 09:48 04 Apr 05

I have another option to suggest PROVIDING that your PC is not under warranty.

Identify the manufacturer of your HDD and obtain from their website a copy of their HDD utility for formatting. Assuming it is a Maxtor disc for example the utility is called Maxblast, it will format and partition your HDD in DOS rather than within windows and is, in my experience a superb tool. All the other maunufacturers use the same utility but call it different things. Hope this helps.

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