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cannot format hard drive

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  1. nizan

    nizan Thread Starter

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    I have 3 computers, all of them with the same problem.

    I've made a startup ms-dos disk, I inserted the disk and restarted my computer.

    Whenever I type format c: and press enter I get the following error: bad command or file name
    Whenever I type cd c: end press enter I get the following error: invalid driver specification

    Anybody know what could be the problem?

    I used partition magic to format my hard because i did not have any other options. But the formating takes less then 1 minute. My hard drive has 50GB and I really doubt that it only takes 1 minute to format it.

    Thanks
     
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    That is probably the problem is using partition magic.

    What are the hard drives formatted in right now NTFS?

    If so then the ms-dos floppies will not even see them since ms-dos can not read NTFS.

    I would suggest to use fdisk to remove the partitions and format FAT-32 that should work or use the Windows install CD and remove the partions and fdisk and format.

    How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP During an Install.
    http://www.directron.com/formatdrive.html#3
     
  4. nizan

    nizan Thread Starter

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    My partition was NTFS but I used partition magic and changed it to FAT32. I also copied format.com on the disk, and here's the error I get when I type format c: or format c: /s
    "this program cannot be run in DOS MODE"

    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. ozrom1e

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    Stop using the ms-dos disk and use the windows install disk and the article I gave you.

    Are you booting up with the ms-dos disk?

    And if you are what version of ms-dos was it made from?
     
  6. nizan

    nizan Thread Starter

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    ozrom1e if I use the windows install disk I have no other option but to install or repair windows. I don't what this, I just want to format a partition. I have windows installed on a different partition.

    What if I format the partition from the Computer Management - Disk Management? Will that properly format my partition?

    Thanks
     
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