How can I reformat my hard drive? I use xp family. __

I need to reformat my hard drive. How can I do?

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I guess you want to re - install Windows XP.  Boot from the installation CD of Windows XP, which will give you the option to delete the existing partition, creating a new and updated in shape.

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