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Formatting C:

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dingo69, Apr 4, 2005.

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  1. Dingo69

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    A bit of a strange question.

    I have a PC with Windows XP home. I am selling this PC without windows and want to format my C: drive.

    In the old days I would get Windows 98 to create a Bootable disk with a format command but Windows XP does not allow me to do this, I think.

    So what is the best way to format C: before selling my PC.

    Thanks
     
  2. putasolution

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    Use a windows 98 boot disk!!
     
  3. drubin007

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    you can still use a Win 98 Boot Disk to boot to a command line and format c:
    if you do not have a Win 98 Boot disk there is places you can download it, like bootdisk.com
     
  4. prospect

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    You can DL a Win 98 boot floppy by going here
     
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    Thanks Prospect, maybe I was not clear but you gave me the help. I through window 98 away along time ago, so I had no way to create the old 98 boot disk.

    Thanks.
     
  7. putasolution

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    You can download one from any of the links given in this thread. You don't need windows 98 to use a boot disk
     
  8. Dingo69

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    Hmm not sure what is happening but when booting up the disk works and I get the usual A> prompt, but when I type in dir C: or Format C: it comes with invalid drive.

    No floppy in and the PC boot XP no problems? Why can it not find C drive?
     
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    If you formatted the drive with NTFS, you won't be able to see it with a Windows 98 boot disk. You have to run FDISK, delete the partition, recreate one, and then format it.
     
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    Double Helix is correct. YOu will need to run Fdisk and delete the non-dos partition. But you could just use Darik's Boot and Nuke as I suggested above.
     
  12. Dingo69

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    Thanks mate, I have actually download that program and most likely will use it, but I thought while I have this topic open I would learn how to create a disk to have for future purposes.

    When ever I wish to install windows new, I like to format the HD complete before reinstalling this way being sure nothing is left. As I have a second HD I where I install most of my files, I do not really want to run your program that will format my second HD.

    Thanks kenny will print it out and read.
     
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    I am pretty sure it will ask you which drive you want to nuke.
     
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