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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by kevin55rc, Jan 25, 2005.

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  1. kevin55rc

    kevin55rc Thread Starter

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    Hey out there, 911 helped me a bit on this, looking for some more ideas: I want to do a system restore using my 3 CD's that came with my computer. when i did this, it "stacked" the new data on top of all the old in my hard drive, and now it is full to the max,{ and yes i selected the proper icon that reminded me that i would loose all old data } and it only let me put in 2 of the 3 cd's,{ because its full??? } goal is to dump all to the bare bones, restore with orig 3 cd's that used to take up only 1/3 or so of my hard drive. any help appreciated, thanks

    kevin
     
  2. rugrat

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    If you are not trying to save any of the data or programs you have installed since it was new, I would download a win98se boot disk from http://bootdisk.com/ and format the hard drive then use your install disks.
    Boot from the floppy and at the A:> command prompt type "format c:" without the quotes. Note there is a space between format and c:. This will wipe out any information on the C: drive. Ensure you have any driver disks needed for any hardware you may have installed since it was new and any program disks for anything else you may have installed as they will be needed to reinstall.
    Here is a good tutorial on using fdisk and formatting. You do not need to fdisk the drive since the partitions are probably fine.
    http://www.computerhope.com/sfdisk1.htm

    Good Luck

    PS I did recommend the win98se disk as it tends to be more stable.
     
  3. kevin55rc

    kevin55rc Thread Starter

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    thank you sir rugrat, i shall try, im a wanabe-novice to some of the higher tech stuff here, so i might bomb out and need some jumper cables.........lol

    chat soon

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