format c: /s doesn't work

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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?
 

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Hi and welcome. How about plain vanilla format c:
 

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
 

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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?
 

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.
 

stdbabe

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Option 4:

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

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
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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.
 

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.
 

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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.
 

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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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