How to Format a Toshiba Laptop in XP

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How to Format a Toshiba Laptop in XP
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You can format a partition or hard drive on your Toshiba laptop using the Windows XP installation CD or recovery disk included with the machine. Formatting another drive or partition deletes all of the data on that part of your Toshiba laptop.

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  1. 1

    Back up all files, folders, important documents and media files you want to preserve from the hard drive or partition that you are formatting.

  2. 2

    Restart your Toshiba laptop and insert the Windows XP installation disk or recovery CD -- whichever came with your laptop.

  3. 3

    Hit a key when you see "Hit any key to boot from CD."

  4. 4

    Press enter to begin the Windows installer and the F8 key to accept the licensing agreement. Press the ESC key if the installation prompts you to repair your current Windows XP installation.

  5. 5

    Select the partition you want to format. Hit "D" to delete the data on the current partition and "L" to confirm the deletion. Hit "C" to create a new partition.

  6. 6

    Hit enter if you want the partition to take up all available space, otherwise type in the partition size and hit enter. Select the new partition and hit enter. Choose "Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick)." The partition is now completely formatted.

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