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How do I reformat the hard drive?

By cjshug ·
I want to reformat the hard drive of my son's computer and have never done it solo before. I just want to be sure I remove everything I need to prior to starting.

Is there an article or can you give me steps that I should follow to perform this properly? I don't want to fdisk his machine without removing/saving everything I should prior to checking. He is running Win98SE, PIII 366mz, w/64mg ram.

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How do I reformat the hard drive?

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How do I reformat the hard drive?

by Bill_W In reply to How do I reformat the har ...

Couple of questions first:
Why do you need to reformat (or fdisk, which is a tad different) your son's HDD? The reason I ask this is that once either of these steps are done, ALL the programs and data on the HDD are gone and will need re-installation. (yes I know there are utilities to recover if there's anyone else reading!).

In many cases, problems in the pc can be fixed by other means (reinstall windows, reinstall apps) rather than reformat. Analogy is swapping your car's motor when you need the carburettor cleaned.

Maybe you need to look at WHY first.

Anyway, now to the HOW.
1. Create a boot disk - all my pcs are 2000, so I can't remember here how on 98 - it may be right click My computer, click properties, and go fromthere.
2. Boot from the boot disk, and press F8.
3. Pick the command prompt (DOS) option.
4. Type in format c: /s and press enter. NOTE - this will wipe all the hard disk.
5. Reinstall Win98 off the CD, install all the applications, settingsetc etc.

Really, I'd be reinstalling 98 first before re-formatting.

Other thoughts?

Bill

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How do I reformat the hard drive?

by petemcc In reply to How do I reformat the har ...

This MS article covers about everything you need to know about fdisk and formating hard disks

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q255/8/67.ASP

Don't overlook creating a startup (boot) disk!

My question is, why do you want to format the drive? That will remove ALL data from the disk.

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How do I reformat the hard drive?

by dlundmark In reply to How do I reformat the har ...

Hi:

In Win98 reformating the drive is simple. Be sure you have a boot disk... it usually comes with win98. If you do not, make one from the control panel/Add-Remove/Startup Disk/Create Disk.

Once that disk is made... I usually make two since Iam at that place in case there is a problem with the first disk.... Then boot the computer with the disk. When the Dos prompt appears type: FORMAT C:

That will erase ALL DATA ON THE HARD DRIVE IN THE FIRST PARTITION.

If you have more than one drive or partition, then you will have to boot the computer again until you have reformatted all partitions and all other drives (if any other). In addition to these steps, you may want to change the partitions... for that you will have to run FDISK . Any of these programs have a help built in.. for instance: fdisk/? will give you a list of the fdisk options.

Warning: When you do the above ALL data will be erased on the drive in that partition, including any setup information for your computer, such as sound cards, network and so on.

If your computer is a Compaq or many other brands, and not a generic, then you will have to have the RESTORE DISK or some such disk to restore to the hard drive the information needed to make the machinerun correctly.. and that disk will have all information for the system. Even if it is a generic or home built system, you will need in most cases drivers for cards and sometimes even hard drives and or even cdroms.

Well that is some info on what you asked... Just be sure you really want to re-format the hard drive... you will not be able to go back once you have done it.
dlundmark

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How do I reformat the hard drive?

by Baziite In reply to How do I reformat the har ...

1. Back up any important documents or folders on flopies or a backup device

2. You cannot format c: from within win98 so you have to first boot with a win98 boot disk . If you dont have it make one from control panel / Add remove programs / Startup disk Tab .

3. After booting the boot disk type FDISK at command prompt . choose delete logical partition and complete the delete . Then go back to the main menu and choose delete extended partition and complete the delete . One last time go to the main menu and choose delete primary partition and complete it .
4. At this point the hard disk doesnt have any partitions . Reboot with the boot disk and type FDISK at the command prompt . If you wish to use Fat32 then type "y" when prompted to enable large disk support . At the main menu choose create primary partition , enter the size and complete the creation . go back to the main menu and chose create extended partition choose the max size possible and complete the creation . Go back tothe main menu and choose create logical partition , type the size and complete the creation . keep going back to the main menu as long as there is space available and you wish to create more partitions .
5.At this point all your partitions have been created . Exit from FDISK and at the command prompt type format c: /s . This will format drive c: and transfer the system to it .
6. before formating the other partitions , it is recommended that you reboot with the bootdisk . ( the reason is thatthe bootdisk creates a RAM drive and the drive letter given to the RAM drive may conflict with the drive letter given to one of the partitions ). After rebooting all drive letters are reassigned based on the new partition info . After the reboot type format x: for all OTHER partitions you have created where x: is the drive letter of that partition .
7. Congratulations you have completely re-formated your harddisk .
Good luck

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