reformat hard drive and reinstall me2000

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Hi:

Found this info on the MS website...hope it helps you.

Max

Reformat the Hard Drive and Re-install the Operating System

Reformatting a disk prepares it to accept a new operating system. It also wipes out everything on the hard drive.

Past versions of Windows (through Windows ME) allow you to create a start-up disk. You'll need one to reformat your hard drive. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel. Double-click Add/Remove Programs. Click Start-up Disk. Click Create Disk.

Close down all open programs. Restart the computer with the floppy in the A: drive. At the A: prompt, type Format: C. Answer "yes" to the warning; you want to wipe out all the data. When the reformat finishes, put the Windows installation CD in the CD drive and remove the floppy. Restart and re-install Windows.
 
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spent last hour trying to do the above. have made start up disk but everytime i restart my computer it just boots up as normal, no prompts
ps floppy is in drive. HELP ME PLEASE!
 
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Hi:
Maybe we should start with basics. Why are you reformatting and reinstalling?
Max
 
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I take it you are trying to install ME and not 2000.
If so,

Boot into the bios first (normally by pressing the delete key on startup)
Go to the advanced tab
Change the boot sequence to : 1. floppy 2.cdrom 3.hd0 (or your hard drive)
insert the boot floppy And the me cd
Save & exit
The pc should now boot from the floppy so that you can repartition/format. & when you run setup from the cd, the pc will restart and boot from the cd.
 
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Having reformatted several times over the past four years, I can tell you
that all I did was make sure that you have a winME startup disk, (you can
make one by going into control panel>add/remove programs>click startup
tab>click on create disk). I would boot up in a dos mode, (that is press F8
when you see the "starting Windows 98" prompt in the booting up sequence).
You are given a choice of safe mode, regular, DOS etc. and you pick DOS.
Once there, type A:; at the A:> type "format C:" (without quotation marks) and enter. This will format the hard drive removing everything.
Once it is done formatting, I would turn off the computer. Place the Win98
startup disk in the A: floppy drive and turn the computer on. This
initializes and loads your CDROM drivers. After this is completed, I turn
off the computer remove the startup disk and restart it. I put the Win98
disk in the CDROM and if it doesn't auto start, at the C: I type D: enter
(assuming your CDRom is D: drive). Then at the D:> I type setup.exe and press enter. After windows98 has been installed, then you need to reinstall Office 97, or any other software programs you want. You should back-up any files you do not want to lose so you can put them back after re-formatting. You should also have your video driver, sound card driver, modem driver handy because when you reboot, you may be prompted for them when the hardware is
recognized. You'll have to go through the internet connection wizard to setup the dialup properties again, but it talks you through it and if you have any questions, just call your ISP provider and they can talk you through it.
p.s. If you have trouble installing Win98, then go back and repeat the steps above except when you type "format C:" you should type "format C: /s" without the quotes. This should load a basic system on the drive to enable it to install windows. I hope this has helped you. Good Luck!!!!

Or see beloiw:

PRE-FORMAT CHECK LIST by Nitehawk
(A work in progress)

ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO FORMAT?
You are aware that by formatting you will clean the disk and lose all the programs and data on that disk.

HAVE YOU BACKED UP ALL YOUR FILES?
The normal assumption is that you back up FILES and DATA and not programs.
Programs are not backed up because:
1. They all have to be RE-INSTALLED after a format,
2. You should have the original disks/CD's they came on, or
3. You should have created a separate for all programs that you downloaded from the net so they can be re-installed later.

HAVE YOU BACKED UP ALL YOUR DRIVERS AND SAVED THEM TO CD?
I recommend this program be down loaded and run so it will find and save all your drivers. It will save you HOURS of looking for drivers after you re-install Windows.

http://www.jermar.com/wdrvbck1.exe

For everything you ever wanted to know about your PC, and them some.
Download the Enterprise System Information version of aida32.exe
http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32

Two more http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

http://www.webattack.com/get/wcpuid.shtml


DO YOU HAVE THE WINDOWS CD TO INSTALL FROM?

Is the CD labeled INSTALL or UPGRADE?
Usually either can be used for a clean install, but the procedure will vary slightly.
Or is it the (dreaded) manufacture's RESTORE CD?

WHAT IS THE MAKE AND MODEL OF YOUR PC?
Packard Bell, HP and Compaq usually have a proprietary partition that could cause problems.

DO YOU HAVE THE WINDOWS PRODUCT KEY FOR THE INSTALL MEDIA?
This is a 25 digit alphanumeric key needed to install.

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED PARTITIONING YOUR HARD DRIVE?
Partitioning has many advantages.
1. You can create a small 1.5 to 3.5 gig first partition for your OS only. The size will vary with the OS you use. If you ever have to format and re-install again this is the ONLY partition that you will have to format and you don't lose your data files.
2. You keep all programs on another partition. Over installing programs frequently keeps all of your original settings, tweaks, and fine-tuning.
3. You keep all your data files on another partition
4. You keep all your multimedia files on another partition.
5. When you back up your files they are all on one partition and easier to find and easier to back up
6. There is far less fragmentation on each partition and running defrag takes considerably less time. You are defragging a smaller drive (partition and not the whole 40, 50, 80…… gig hard drive.

IF partitioning sounds like a good way to go for you here is an excellent tutorial for using FDISK to partition your hard drive.
http://fdisk.radified.com/

A slightly easier to follow guide was written by TSG's very own PyriteChips and can be found here.
http://members.shaw.ca/pyritechips/JimsGuide.htm

IF you think partitioning is a good way to go, but you are put off by all the techie stuff, fear not, there are quite a few people here that can walk you through it.

HAVE YOU BACKED UP ALL YOUR FILES?

Future Considerations

GHOST is a program that will create a one for one image of a file, a folder, or the whole partition or hard drive. It makes re-installing a snap.

GOBACK is another good program to have in your utilities "tool box" as it lets you recover from a small oops to a major "oh s#*%!"

HAVE YOU BACKED UP ALL YOUR FILES? ARE YOU SURE?
Did you remember you’re your email files and address book?
How about favorites and history from your browser?
Any chat program files?

Last edited by NiteHawk on 12-05-2003 at 12:39 AM

OR

For another link to reformatting instructions see:
Murph's link
http://members.cox.net/joemurphy/Startover.htm

Murf has a good tutorial on his site
PC911 has one

murf: http://personal.picusnet.com/jtmurphy/format.htm
PC911: http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/clean1.html


http://www.everythingcomputers.com/reformat_print.htm


also
http://members.shaw.ca/pyritechips/JimsGuide.htm


And see:
Boot Disk Creation Revealed
with Proper Fdisk and Format Methods
Based on tips by, and in collaboration with Jaak T. Doom at
http://www.lurkhere.com/boot600.html

Boot disk site2
http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml
 
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cowboy, i pressed f8 but no dos option
1.nomal
2.logged
3.safe mode
4.step by step confirrmation
 
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Im determine to format this drive, i had given up but im back. I need drive wiped as im selling pc to friend and over the years ive picked up various crap on my system so i just wanna wipe and give him a fresh start. As stated above if i stsart and press f8 i get these options
1.normal
2.logged
3.safe mode
4.step by step con
can anybody help
ps everything ive read on net says start in dos mode but i never get option
thank you
 
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