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    Default I can't reformat hard drive..

    Ok ive been having annoying problems with my computer and decided I just want to reformat it. But when I put my windows xp cd in it shuts off at the same part during the set up process each time. I dont see how it can be a power issue since my computer can boot up fine without shutting down for weeks in normal mode. Other issues ive been having is that I cannot download anything from any link and I cannot view a video stream.... some error msg pops up saying im missing some DLL... i forget. I just want to reformat and I can't even do that.

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    If the hard drive is damaged then the process cannot be completed.
    Boot up with the XP CD and when you see the menu press the R key.
    This will take you to the recovery console from where you can scan the drive for errors.
    At the prompt type Chkdsk C:
    For more info on using the console see:
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...sole_cmds.mspx
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    when putting in the windows XP cd and trying to boot from it it shuts off the computer when loading files

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    first try the chkdsk and post back. if there's no errors reported then you need to look for a way to wipe clean the hd. here's how

    boot your system with a regular boot floppy/cd and at a prompt issue the command to format c drive.

    or you can copy the file fdisk to a regular boot floppy and boot up with it. launch fdisk and use it to delete current partitions and create new ones. restart your pc and start xp reinstall afresh.

    or you can use a disk wiping program to do the same like dban
    http://dban.sourceforge.net/

    note : these three instructions will wipe xthing off of your hd so ensure you have your data and drivers back up.

    you may find these xp install related articles useful.
    http://www.help2go.com/article238.html
    http://www.help2go.com/article209.html
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