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Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 - 8:32 pm:   

I have a Windows XP Upgrade installed on what was originally a Windows 98 Second Edition operating system, and my C:\ hard drive is NTFS. I want to reformat completely and install everything over, but not from the Windows XP installer, because I've heard it doesn't erase everything. How do I do this?
Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 - 11:37 pm:   

From a Windows 98 boot disk with FDISK on it you can run FDISK from DOS and delete the NON DOS (NTFS)partition.
Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2003 - 1:50 pm:   

You could also do a 'Format' command in DOS, erasing everything, and then you would need a FULL operating system, either way you do it.

One way to totally ERASE EVERYTHING is a low formatter. Takes a long time, and the harddrive will seem to be corrupt. In Fdisk, you could make it useable, once again.

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