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Problems Reformatting Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by teddytech, Jan 13, 2002.

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  1. teddytech

    teddytech Thread Starter

    Feb 6, 2001
    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?
  2. rugrat


    Dec 16, 2001
    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
    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
    and download boot98se.exe and create a new disk.
  3. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    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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