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Erasing the hard drive

By hiland76 ·
I acquired an old acer desktop with Win 95 and I want to erase the hard drive completely to then re-install Win95 and to install FreeBSD. However the C drive is mounted to H and I need to unmount C. The MSDOS version is 4.0 and I'm not familiar with 4.0 and I have no boot disks for 4.0. I cannot reformat or delete partitions until I unmount the C drive from the H drive. Is there another way to totally erase the hard? Or does anyone know where I could download the contents for an MSDOS 4.0 boot disk? Thanks for any help.

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by magliola In reply to Erasing the hard drive

1) You need to make a Bootable DOS Disk.
C:\format a: /s
2) You need to copy from C:\DOS, fdisk.exe
and format.com to A:\, newly created boot
disk.
3) Reboot PC and verify you bootup on boot
disk. A successful boot should show
A indicating you booted up on A drive.
4) Remove floppy from A and reboot PC.
5) At C type fdisk <enter>
6) Select number 3 Delete Partition or
Logical DOS Drives.

I am assuming "H" is a Logical DOS Drive

7) Select 3 again and delete Logical DOS
drives in Extended DOS partition
Delete "H" drive
9) Repeat process and delete Primary DOS
Partion C:
10) With "H" and Primary DOS Partition "C"
removed, Place bootable DOS floppy in A:
and reboot PC.
11) From A type fdisk <enter> and select 1
Create DOS Partition, select 1 again
Create Primary DOS Partition.

Once DOS partition is created you can format
the "C" drive and make it a bootable
DOS "C" drive.
12) From A type "format c: /s" this will
create a Bootable DOS C drive.

Mike

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by dmiles In reply to Erasing the hard drive

You possibly could find boot disk at www.windriver.com,www.windriverhq.com,www.computercraft.com,www.ibiblio.org
The process of wiping the drive clean by inserting a windows 95 or 98 start up disk and boot to command prompt,use the fdisk /mbr,if thsi is successful the continue by using fdisk and following the on screen instructions

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by irishbul In reply to Erasing the hard drive

What someone has done is compressed the hard drive, when you do this it creates a H drive, decompress the drive and you should be able to format it normally.

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by irishbul In reply to Erasing the hard drive

What someone has done is compressed the hard drive, when you do this it creates a H drive, decompress the drive and you should be able to format it normally.

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by William Jay In reply to Erasing the hard drive

H: indicates a host drive in a system with compressed drives.

Create a floppy boot disk by any means available:

the cdrom with BSD or Win95
http://www.bootdisk.com/
http://www.<thenameoftheharddrivemfr>.com/
format a: /u /s
Properties of My Computer, choose Create Boot Disk from the appropriate page ...

Boot from the floppy, which will need to contain the minimum, OS boot files + fdisk + format. The best will be to use the fdisk and format programs of the OS you will install after making this disk ready.

From the floppy, run fdisk, remove all partitions found on that drive.
Reboot to try C:, without floppy bootdisk, to see that it worked.
Reboot with floppy, fun fdisk, create partition(s), commit changes.
Reboot with floppy, run format, ie: format c: /u /s /v:emptydrive.
Reboot without floppy to see that it worked ...

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