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Old 04-29-2004, 21:09   #1 (permalink)
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hard Drive Formatting?

Can someone please tell me how i format my hard drive?
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Re: hard Drive Formatting?

you more than likely need a DOS bootup disk, and make sure format.com is on it then run

format c:
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Re: hard Drive Formatting?

if it is on fat 32 just make a start up disk chuck it in and reboot from the startup and at the dos promt type fdisk

it wil bring up all u're partitions and u can format or modify them

if its ntfs i use partition magic, its about the easiest, u can use it for fat 32 as well, u just start the program up pick 2 format which ever drive if u have multi then click apply, it will restart and format.
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Re: hard Drive Formatting?

You can also use your Windows install disc, set your bios to boot from CD first and select to format and/or partition the drive from there. I have always found that to be easiest.
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Re: hard Drive Formatting?

Yeah i aready have the boot disk.
Thanks guys will give a go.
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Yeah i aready have the boot disk.
Thanks guys will give a go.

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you more than likely need a DOS bootup disk, and make sure format.com is on it then run

format c:
Shouldn't there be a "/ something" so it installs the system files at the beginning of the drive? Forgot what it's called... RMB/RMS or something?

Be careful when formatting too. It's way too easy to stuff up!
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Re: hard Drive Formatting?

oh and the program may be called format.exe , long day today

/s = system files
/q = quick (mostly works)
/u = unconditional (not needed, but has helped at times.

format c: /s /q /u
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Re: hard Drive Formatting?

You'll need the boot disk - with your drive formatted, you'll need a bootable CD (WinXP or Win 2k) or a boot disk to load CD-ROM drivers to enable you to install windows.

One way to approach a re-install is to allocate 5GB for your windows partition, then divide the remainder into one or more partitions. So next time you need to re-install, you can dump the data you need to keep to other partitions and go ahead and format c:.

To create partitions via the win98 bootdisk, boot with the startup disk then run "fdisk". You'll need to delete existing partition(s). Then you need to create a primary partition, create an extended partition and divide that into logical drive(s). The primary partition has to be set to "active". Fdisk is mostly menu driven, so it's not too hard. Win 2k & XP you can do the above via the installation process
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Re: hard Drive Formatting?

Tried it and am very confused:/
At one point it tells me that there isn't enough room. I'm so crap at this.
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