Windows XP forum: reformatting hard drive problems

by: melfew May 9, 2007 12:45 PM PDT

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reformatting hard drive problems

by melfew - 5/9/07 12:45 PM

System: windows XP home
Dell 4400 dimension
memory 512mb

i have been attempting to reformat the hard drive. Following instructions, i have tried changing the BIOS to boot from CD drive, but windows XP home loads irrespective.

when i tried via the original windows xp, CD i received a message that the CD version of windows XP was earlier than the one loaded on the machine. Do not know why, as this is the first time that i have had the OEM cd out of its packaging.

i then tried using the 6 diskettes but received a "fatal error" message on diskette number 5.

any advice would be really appreciated.

thanks
Mel

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