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Cant reformat C: to re-install XP.

\015 I have a dell dimension 2400 pc that has a virus on it and it damaged my pc so when i go to reformat my c drive to put windows xp on it, it works and when its at 100%, it says setup cannot reformat the drive and it says it may be damaged and the drive is damaged now i have no os at all and i don't know how i can re install it.\015

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Hazve you removed the partition? Prior to formatting Windows askes if this is the partition you wsant to use and shows a figure of value = to the space. It then asks if it should DELETE the partition, select Yes or press the required key "d" it then givesd you the option of creating a new partition yES then it should go to format.

It is rare that a drive wont format a new partition unless there is a mechanical problem.
Install XP using a CD and start the setup from CD
when you are asked to do something on your harddisk, first you delete existing partition and create new partitions, then you do a full format.

hope this will solve your problem.

Note : Boot your system from Windows XP Installation CD / Restore CD

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