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format c: /s doesn't work

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  1. stdbabe

    stdbabe Thread Starter

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    I've run fdisk and removed partitions and rebuilt them.

    I've run format c: /s and gotten error that it can't right FAT to drive.

    I've tried format c: /v/s and format c: /b/s and format c: they all have the same problem.

    It goes through the format cycle from 0% to 100% and then it won't allow anything to write to the C: drive therefore, it terminates the format.

    I'm using a boot with cdrom support. I have Win98 and WinXP cd's. But, can't get past this.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Rockn

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    Is this a new hard drive and has it been set up in the BIOS?
     
  3. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome. How about plain vanilla format c:
     
  4. stdbabe

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    Old hard drive new CPU and Motherboard. I decided to start with fresh clean hard drive so I went for re-format.

    I've tried format c:

    It gets to 100% then when it tries to write FAT it gives error. It's as if it won't let anything write to C: at all. Then terminates format.

    So, basically my hard drive is blank
     
  5. ~Candy~

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    When you type fdisk and choose, option 4, I think, what appears?

    Do you know if the hard drive had NT or a software overlay like EZ-Bios on it prior?
     
  6. stdbabe

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    Not sure. It was a WIN98 OS - built by ACER.

    Trying format c: /s again from CD ROM version of startup.

    I'll let you know the answer to Option 4 as soon as that's done.
     
  7. stdbabe

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    Option 4:

    Partition: C: 1
    Status: A
    Type: PRI DOS
    Volume Label:
    Mbytes: 5491
    System: Unknown
    Usage: 100%
     
  8. stdbabe

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    When I use format c: /s or any other format command I get:

    0 - 100% counter then
    Format complete
    Writing out file allocation table
    0 percent completed
    Error writing FAT
    format Terminated
     
  9. ~Candy~

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    You can't have system unknown.....you have to format to fat 32. Are you asked about this at any point? Also enable LBA.
     
  10. ~Candy~

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    Another question, are you trying to boot to the Windows cds? Or are you booting to a floppy? If you are booting with a bootable floppy disk, does your bios have the option to boot from the cd?
     
  11. stdbabe

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    Nope not asked at all.
     
  12. stdbabe

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    I'm using Floppy that has CDROM setup

    I tried to change BIOS to boot from CD but, it doesn't do anything. Just stops.
     
  13. stdbabe

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    I have no option to make system FAT32. It just puts unknown in when I do FDISK del and create.
     
  14. ~Candy~

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    Even with the XP cd?

    When you say it stops.....what exactly does that mean? Error message or it just hangs?

    Can you download a boot disk from here:

    http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml

    Save to desktop NOT TO A FLOPPY....then double click and follow instructions to create a boot disk...download the 98 disk.
     
  15. stdbabe

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    O.k. I powered PC off when I got Format Complete but, prior to error.

    Then powered PC on and copied *.sys and *.com files from Floppy - now I'm using WIN98 startup CD.

    I'm on the right road now.

    Sorry to be a bother.
     
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