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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

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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?
     
  2. rugrat

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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.
     
  3. jbcalg

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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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