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Format Hard drive on Toshiba730CDT

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sfsd104, Sep 28, 2003.

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  1. sfsd104

    sfsd104 Thread Starter

    Sep 28, 2003
    I purchase a used Toshiba 730CDT LapTop that has two operating systems on it. **Windows 98SE & 2000**
    The computer did not come with manuals -- I want to reformat the Hard Drive - installing 98SE only - how do I format to a clean Hard drive?
  2. thatcoolguy


    Aug 18, 2003
    Seems like forever since I've used win98... but as memory serves, what I would do is create a boot floppy. You'll want to go to the control panel, add remove programs, now click the middle tab on top. From there you should see a menu allowing you to create a boot disk.
    Then re-boot the computer with the disk in and it should boot to a dos prompt.
    Here's a good example of what you'll be looking for http://www.computerhope.com/sfdisk5.htm . Delete all your partitions and maybe even format the MBR (master boot record) "fdisk /mbr".
  3. ShadedNine


    Sep 29, 2003
    You should be able to boot right off your Win98 CD. Try that, and make sure your BIOS boot order is set to boot CDs before your Hard Drive if it doesn't offer you a choice of both on startup. From the windows setup there should be an option to delete the partition and format the drive.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Boot from an MS-DOS floppy and use FDISK to hack the partitions. If that fails, download a disk diagnostic from Maxtor, WD, or Seagate, and write zeros to the drive first.
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