I'm getting ready to do an XP install on my Compaq box. It came from the factory with a separate partition for the Compaq restore stuff. Do I need to remove that with fdisk before I do the XP install, or will it be done as part of the install?
As long as you have the back-up information save on disc you can erase the partition when you install XP. You do not need to Fdisk it. The install will show you that there is a partition present and ask you if you wish to keep it or set you own. When you set your own it will ask for confirmation that you wish to erase the current partition. Just that easy.
I'm planning on completely wiping the HD clean during the XP install so your info will work. I've already burned disks with the contents of My Documents folder, and other important stuff I will add back in after the install.
that 8 gig partition is a waste of space. everything on there can be found on your quick restore cds. however, if you are going to isntall xp you wont need those cds as all your drivers will more than likely be installed by the os itself. you can delete the partion(s) while you are installing win xp, you no longer need a boot disk to run FDisk and format your partitions like you did in the old days...