Problems Reformatting Hard Drive

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teddytech

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I work in a lab and we recently received computers that were used in another program. These computers have policies that restrict student use. I wanted to re-format the hard drive to clear the policies and start over. When I tried to format, I booted with a WIN98n start disk(computers had WIN95), when I got the A: prompt, I typed: format C:

I kept getting a message that the drive is not valid. What should I do next?
 
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I would try to go to the A: prompt and run fdisk to delete then create all partitions. This should wipe out any restrictions. If you are unsure how to run fdisk, go here
http://www.windowsreinstall.com/
Click on windows98 and scroll down until you find the fdisk instructions.

Good Luck

PS. use the win 98 start up disk, much better cd rom support than a win95 disk and it will work fine. If you have a problem with the boot disk, go here
http://www.user-friendly.net/download/download.htm
and download boot98se.exe and create a new disk.
 
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do they still start normally without the W98 start up disk in?

watch the startup screen during the POST - the black screen, shows the memory count, srives, other info
- press 'pause' to halt the screen, spacebar to resume
=> does the hdd show up (should show the mfg name, drive size etc)

with the start up floppy in, can you switch to c: from a: ?
 
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