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formatting hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chaneyclan, Aug 24, 2001.

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  1. chaneyclan

    chaneyclan Thread Starter

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    I am looking at formatting my hard drive and was wondering if I have to have a start up disk to do this.
    The reason I ask is because my computer, while having a 3.5 floppy drive, thinks it has a 51/4. Is there a way I can fix this? I am runnning Windows 98 se on an athlon 900
     
  2. ETS

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    Check in your BIOS SETUP to make sure your floppy drive is identified correctly in the "standard features" section. And yes you will need a startup disk.
     
  3. chaneyclan

    chaneyclan Thread Starter

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    Tank you for your help. Now I need to know if I need a copy of Windows 98 se to create the start up disk. I did not get a copy with my computer, all I got was a recovery disk. What can I do?
     
  4. ETS

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    I'm not sure about SE but the 1st edition has a file called: BOOTDISK.BAT in the C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND directory. You can run that batch file just by typeing in BOOTDISK from that directory and following the instructions. You can get to that directory by booting to the command prompt or MSDOS mode.
    If that doesn't work, you can boot to Windows and click START-SETTINGS-CONTROL PANEL-double click ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS.
    Select STARTUP DISK tab and click on create disk. It will then let you know if you need the installation CD.
     
  5. Bryan

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    Am I understanding you to say you have the Recovery CD that came with the PC? If so, that's all you should need. You don't need a W98 boot diskette. Most Recovery CDs that I'm familar with, will format the drive during the recovery. Just insert the Recovery CD in the drive and power on the PC. It should boot to the CD and lead you through the process. If it doesn't boot to the CD, let us know. You'll need to get into the BIOS and change the boot sequence to make it look to the CDRom drive first.
     
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