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how do i reformat my hard drive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by deaf_kitten, Sep 30, 2003.

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  1. deaf_kitten

    deaf_kitten Thread Starter

    Sep 30, 2003
    opk i need to reformat my hard drive so i can install win 98.. i have xp right now but longf story short it wont work and i cant fix it with a win xp disk which i dont have... so i need to install windows 98 which i have the boot up disk for and the install disk..
  2. Alanspatz


    Jan 25, 2001
    Here we go:

    make sure that the disk has a copy of format.com on it
    if not, search on your computer and there is a copy on it in one of the windows folders

    boot up with the disk inside the computer

    select start computer with cd-rom support

    select the a: when the command promt is on the screen

    type: format c:

    continue through the promts and it will format your hard drive

    when that is done

    put in the win 98 cd or disk into the drive

    restart the computer

    select start win98 setup

    and that should get you done!!

    let me know how it goes

  3. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

    Apr 4, 2003
    If the drive is formatted NTFS already because Windows XP is on there, you will need to run FDISK first and delete the partition and recreate a new one.
  4. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Fdisk may or may not work with ntfs. If an ntfs logical drive is inside an extended partition of the disk, fdisk cannot remove it. Fdisk can remove primary ntfs partitions just not logical ones. If you really want to go back to win9x, [and fdisk does not work for you] you will need to download and run the hd mgf's utility. From here you can write zeros to the drive; this will completely remove ntfs along with any information on the disk.
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