Answer to: Reformatting a hard drive on a windows PC.1 This section explains how to reformat a drive from the Windows XP installation CD. This can be used when installing a fresh copy of Windows onto a computer. Here it is especially important to backup all of your important information because upon formatting you will lose EVERYTHING that used to be on the drive. This includes all applications and device drivers, so you must back up everything you can. 2 Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD drive (Home or Pro--it does not matter). 3 Now as you computer boots a little more it will say "Press any key to boot from CD.." press a key to do so. 4 The CD will load up a blue screen and then spend a while loading files it needs. When it is finished it will list a few options, mainly "Press ENTER to set up Windows XP." Press Enter or Return. 5 Now you will be at a screen to select where to install Windows to. This is where you can delete old partitions and format drives. The box in the bottom half of the screen shows all your drives and the partitions t...
Answer to: Reformatting a hard drive on a windows PC.you will need the windows OS disk (your version of Windows might be XP, Windows 2000, Vista or Windows 7) place the disk in the CD or DVD drive and restart the computer. As it restarts it will ask you to hit a key on the keyboard to boot to the Windows disk. If it does NOT then you will need to set the CMOS settings to look for a boot disk in the CD or DVD before booting to the hard drive. Usually that would reguire you to hit the F2 or Delete button as soon as your computer starts up. Then find the "boot sequence" menu and set the CD as the first boot device. Save those setting and reboot again with the disk in the CD drive. Follow the instructions to delete the current Partition and then recreate the Partition and it will then reformat your drive and reinstall windows.