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Format my hard drive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by scottee, Nov 23, 2002.

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  1. scottee

    scottee Thread Starter

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    I am fed up with XP. All I want to do is reformat my hard drive and reinstall 98SE. I have a an IBM ThinkPad P2-300.
    I have tried:

    1) Create MSDOS START UP DISK - result: ignored floppy and goes directly to XP.

    2)hit F8 on start up - result: can not get to c: prompt

    3)Tried 98SE BootDISK - Result:Ignored it

    4)downloaded XP Bootdisk from MS - Result:Ignored it

    Please help me get to the C: prompt, without XP so I can get rid of this putrid OS.

    Thanks,
    scottee
     
  2. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

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    Hello scottee and welcome to TSG!

    If all the discs are being ignored by the boot process then I believe the fault lies with the BIOS, not the discs. Can you enter the BIOS and ensure that the boot sequence is A: first, then C:?

    ~Jim
     
  3. Casey820

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    First, XP is a great operating system. It's just different. Some people aren't ready for change, and some hardware can't handle XP, but that doesn't make it bad. I love XP, and I run it on both my computers.

    Second, if your hard drive is formatted with NTFS, you will never get to a C:\ prompt. You'll get an A:\ prompt, and you'll have to run FDISK to delete the NTFS partition, create a new partition, and format it for FAT32. Then you can get a C:\ prompt.

    Before you can boot to a floppy, you need to follow pyritechips's advice.
     
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