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c:\ not accessible in MS-DOS

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by kat_in_a_hat, Apr 25, 2004.

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  1. kat_in_a_hat

    kat_in_a_hat Thread Starter

    Apr 25, 2004
    I previously formatted my hard drive and want to do it again to try a different OS, but when in MS-DOS it makes the virtual driver the c:\ so I cant format it.
    Anyone got a way to fix it?
  2. Lurker1


    Jan 30, 2001
    Try using the command FORMAT D: If the virtual driver is using c: then the hard drive gets pushed down a letter. If you use the command FORMAT D: \S your hard drive should be bootable. The hard drive will show up as C: when the virtual drive is gone.
  3. rugrat


    Dec 16, 2001
    What boot disk are you using? You may want to try a different one www.bootdisk.com

    When it boots, are you at the A:> prompt? If so you need to type
    format c:
    from the A:> prompt, note there is a spce between format and c:

  4. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Go into the bios setup to be sure the hard drive is recognized there.
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