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    Reformat Harddrive

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    by handan ·

    I have a Hard drive that was installed with
    windows 98. I accidentally installed windows 2000 on the same physical drive (C:). I want to reformat it and install only Windows 2000.
    How do I do it?

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    • #2684954

      Reply To: Reformat Harddrive

      by bschmidt ·

      In reply to Reformat Harddrive

      Boot from your Windows98 boot floppy and run

      fdisk /mbr

      then reinstall Win2K. Actually, booting from the Win2K CD will allow you to completely format the drive and put a fresh version down, but the Win98 will still be in the Master Boot Record and Win2K will still recognize it. FDISK /MBR will remedy this.

    • #2684914

      Reply To: Reformat Harddrive

      by csmith ·

      In reply to Reformat Harddrive

      What you have now is Win2K on Fat32 file system.
      I would recommend the belt and suspenders approach.
      “Zero fill” the drive.
      This restores the drive to the way you you got it from the factory. (Use the factory disk.)
      Next partition it, and format it, strictly with Win2K.
      This is assuming you are not going to use FAT32 as the file system.
      Fat 32 is great with Win98SE, but I don’t recommend it with Win2K.
      Regards, Chris

    • #2671452

      Reply To: Reformat Harddrive

      by wlbowers ·

      In reply to Reformat Harddrive

      Two ways. Both will erase all partitions on the drive.

      #1
      Boot to a dos disk and go into fdisk. Delete all dos and non dos partitions.

      Boot to either the win 2000 startup disk or directly to the win 2000 cd and do an install.

      #2
      Boot to the win2000 startup disk or directly to the win 2000 cd.
      During the installation you can delete the existing partitions and create new ones.

      If you have a D: partition and want to preserve that, boot to the dos disk and format C:\

      Good Luck Lee

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