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How do I Format?

By Shrek187 ·
I have an old spare pc. How do I remove Windows 98 off the hard drive so I can do a clean install to Windows 2000

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by cmiller5400 In reply to How do I Format?

Download a free program called DBAN It will wipe your hard drive so you can do a clean install.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to How do I Format?

You do a clean install of Win 2000 by booting off the Win 2000 CD and during HD setup, delete the partitions and create a new fresh partition to install 2000 on it.

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by UncleRob In reply to How do I Format?

I agree with answer 2,
don't download DBAN or other utility to format the HD on your Win98 pc. The win2k install cd is a boot cd, and it detects your pc hardware & before the actual install process begins you will be asked which partition to install Win2k on, you will then be given several options: to select an existing partition for the install, delete an existing part., setup new part.'s and setup specific size of these part's(in MB's), format the partitions as FAT32 or NTFS. I wouldn't use a 3rd party utility to perform these operations, just use the Win2K install cd-rom, that's what it's for. Before you proceed with the install, do you know if your Win98 pc will support a Windows 2000 OS install? What are the system specs? If you had a big enough harddrive and access to a partition resizing utility like pqmagic (I still use it to this day), you could resize the existing FAT/FAT32 partition to say 1/3 or 1/2 of the existing drive space (or however much you need/want) and allocate the remaining larger amount of drive space for the partition needed by windows 2000 install. You could leave Win98 on the pc and install Windows 2000 on the same pc and setup a dual boot installation (you would setup the 2nd partition first using your partition utility, boot up into Win98 and start the Win2K setup process from inside of Win98, you would be prompted to either upgrade your existing Win98 install or setup a dualboot installation.) This way, you could keep Win98 & use it whenever you like and you could also bootup Windows 2000 whenever you like. Obviously this assumes you have plenty of drive space for a dual boot install, enough ram (Win2K gets hungry, a min of 128, probably more like 256mb ram to get decent performance from Win2K, and if you have 256mb ram, enough HD space & a decent cpu, think about doing this WinXP instead - I personally find that it's faster than Win2k on the same hardware).

Just my 0.02 cents cdn, I'm interested to hear how it turns out.

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by jc2it In reply to How do I Format?

First of all make sure you have at least a Pentium III 700 mHz CPU or AMD equivalent, and at least 128MB of RAM (More is better). If you don't meet these requirements then it will probably be to slow to use. You can easily check this at the manufacturer's web site if you have a serial number or service tag number.

Both of the previous answers would work. I personally like to "shred" the drive first. This makes it virtually impossible to get old information off of it in future (Taxes, SS#, Online Banking Info, CC#, etc...). Then I would follow answer number 2 and use the original CD-ROM to install Windows.

To Wipe a Drive Clean (you need about 256MB of RAM to do this):

1. Download Knoppix from

2. Burn it to a CD-ROM as an ISO image.

3. Boot the computer that you want to wipe from the CD-ROM.

4. After Knoppix finishes booting open a terminal window. There is an icon on the bottom of the window for this.

5. At the command line type:
sudo shred -n 2 -z -v /dev/hda

This will wipe the boot sector, partition table, and the data portions of the first ide drive (use hdb, hdc, or hdd for any other drives that you have installed). It makes 3 passes and on the last pass it fills the drive with zeros, so it looks blank.

6. When you are completed you will need to reboot with your windows CD-ROM. In order to get out of Knoppix just log-out.

7. After rebooting with the Windows CD-ROM you will want to run FDISK to create a new partition table. If you think you would like to play more with Linux then create 2 partitions. One for Win2K and one for Linux. A partition should be at least 8GB in my opinion.
Here is a great read on this:

8. Format the partition you want to install Win2K on.

9. Install the operating system. You may need to contact the OEM with your serial number to get all of the drivers that you need.

10. Good Luck!

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