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formatting hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ck519, May 13, 2002.

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  1. ck519

    ck519 Thread Starter

    May 13, 2002
    I am trying to format my hard drive. Since the last time that i have done it, I installed a new cd-rom drive on my computer. When I insert the 3.5" master diskette and turn the machine on, I get an error message- "Unable to recognize cd-rom drive". What does this mean and how do I proceed so that I can format my hard drive?
  2. Wes2004


    May 11, 2002
    Have you formatted c drive from dos???
  3. StepsInSC


    Mar 23, 2001
    Have you actually begun to run fdisk yet? Or did you just install a new CDROM drive and it won't recognize that...?
  4. carltasha


    Nov 7, 2001
    by master disket do you mean a boot disk? and why would you need it ?
  5. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Hi ck519, welcome to TSG.

    In order to get your cdrom drive recognized, you must boot with a bootable floppy disk.

    Go here to download one:


    Save it to your desktop, double click on it, you'll be prompted for a blank floppy disk.....now you can boot the hard drive with this and your cdrom should be recognized.

    You still need to run fdisk, and format on the hard drive, if you haven't already.
  6. Slithy Tove

    Slithy Tove Guest

    This sounds to me like your machine is trying to boot off the CDR first or only. I would go into the BIOS setup and disable booting from the CDR temporarily (make the floppy first, HD second) and see what you get.
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