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Formating your harddrive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cndy0924, Jan 5, 2002.

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  1. Cndy0924

    Cndy0924 Thread Starter

    Jan 5, 2002
    What are the following steps in formating a harddrive. I have accidently deleted the wrong files on my other computer. I want to reformat the harddrive and start fresh. How is this done.
  2. indyt76


    Jan 5, 2002
    restart your computer in ms-dos mode. Type in the following command:

    Format c:

    Besure to have a windows boot disk so you can reload windows after you format.
  3. rugrat


    Dec 16, 2001
    first boot with your boot disk in your floppy. at the A: prompt type
    format C:
    When that is done reboot with the floppy and start the computer with cd rom support. At the A: prompt type E:
    at the E: prompt type setup (ensure your cd is in the cd rom drive first)

    Let us know if these instructions are not clear.

    Good Luck
  4. thingy


    Oct 4, 2001

    Sometimes on bulletin boards in answer to cndy's question, I see the instructio to use Format C:/s
    What is the 's' for and is it necessary?

  5. dc

    dc Guest

    I'm not sure but, I believe the /s command is to make the drive bootable.
  6. brianF


    Dec 2, 1999
    the format c: /s command prewrites the system files to the harddrive. The format command can be done either way, if you don't use the /s the installation will write the system files to the drive.

    You can omit the fdisk instructions as you don't want to repartition your drive.
    insert the bootdisk and power on the machine. It should boot up to a boot
    menu. If not, youÂ’ll need to change the boot sequence in your BIOS to A,C

    After it has booted to the bootmenu, select the option to "Start with CD Rom Support". Somewhere
    on the screen at the very end, it tells you what drive letter it has temporarily assigned to the CDRom
    drive. It will look something like this, e: MSCD001 or e: OEMSCD001. In that example, the CDRom
    drive is e. Make a note of it. If you don't see that phrase on the screen then you didn't get CD Rom
    support. Stop and do not go any further since you won't be able to install Windows from CD without
    CDRom support.

    Assuming you did get CDRom support, then at this point, once you've fdisked and formatted the
    drive, there's no going back. All of the data and programs will be erased from the drive. At an a:
    prompt key in the following,


    Leave the default set to "Y" for large disk support and press enter.

    Now use the option to "Delete Partitions". Delete any and all you see listed. Now take the option to
    "Create a Partition" and create a "Primary DOS" partition.

    format c: /s

    When it's done insert your Windows CD. Key in the following at the prompt and be sure to change
    the drive letter, "e", if necessary, depending on the drive letter assigned to your CDRom drive. You
    should have made note of it earlier.

  7. Cndy0924

    Cndy0924 Thread Starter

    Jan 5, 2002
    Thanks so much for such a quick reply from everyone. I will follow all instructions. Wish me luck !

  8. zaddeo


    Nov 24, 2000
    Rugrat - have same problem, but when I use format c: i get
    invalid file drive?
  9. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Sounds like you are typing format c: from the c:\ prompt instead of the a:\ prompt.
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