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By cnoyes1067 ·
Could you tell me how to format my hard drive, step by step.

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by danpiers In reply to formatting a hard drive

Formatting a drive is very simple. The command is "format" followed by a drive letter and a colon. The drive letter you enter will be the drive that gets formatted. For example, if you type "format C:" folowed by an enter key, the C: drive will be formatted. Once the process is completed, the drive will have no data on it and not be capable of booting a computer. The command can be dangerous. If your system had two harddisks and you typed in "format D:" followed by an enter key, that drivewill be formatted and your system will still be able to boot from the C: drive. There are also some parameters that can be used with the format command. Typing "format /Q" will perform a quick format on the drive. Other parameters can be identified by typing "format /?" If you do need to format your C: drive and you want to be able to re-install Windows back on the drive, you will need a bootable floppy drive with (preferably) a Windows 98 operating system installed. The floppy disk should have the FORMAT command and the FDISK command on it. Additionally, the files necessary to initialize the CD-ROM drive should already be installed on the floppy. If your system can boot from the CD-ROM, and you are going to install Windows 98or Me, you don't have to have the CD-ROM driver installed on the floppy. Good luck.

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