{RESOLVED}can not format help!

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PreludeGuy

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I have a 98 boot disk, and ive wasted about 5 other floppies creating extra boot disks. I have done a search here and found no answers to my problem. I have tried every web page on the planet for proper boot disks, and I assure you my boot disks are fine!

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I want to format, so I put in boot disk, start comp w/o cdrom support, then type in format c: and/or format c:/s. Each time it gives me the ol "bad command or file name" error. I know the command is on there b/c on my other computer I physically can view it in 'my computer' ( in that cab file). I have tried for hours to get this to work, and Im throwing in the towell. Someone PLEASE help!
 
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If you can't get your boot disks to work.

Also I thought with window 98 it has msdos which when from start-shut down the computer- from that menu select boot into msdos and then try the command there from the c:\ command prompt.
There is another option that you could get a third party software that will partition your hard drive. etc. partition magic but there is freeware available but I don't know the link for it.
I hope this helps.
 
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Hi Prelude! I don't know if I can help you or not but I will try.
First of all, are you restarting your PC in MS-DOS mode? If not try that first.
At the command prompt use the FDISK utility first. (C:Fdisk)
When the menu choices come up use number 1 to create a primary partition. You may get the message that it has already been created.
Proceed to C: format C:/s
It may take a few minutes to accomplish this task depending on the speed of your computer.
Once it has re-formated, restart with your boot disk in the drive. When prompted, start with CD_ROM support.
At the floppy drive prompt type SYS C: (A: SYS C:)
This will install necessary system files to your hard drive.
Put your Windows CD in the drive.
If your CD drive is normally D: it may temporarily change it's letter.
See what letter works for you, i.e. D or E.
At the prompt for your CD drive, type setup.exe (D: setup.exe)
This should start installing your Windows program.
Let me know if this doesn't work. Good Luck! Moonifa
 
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I forgot to mention, if you currently have Windows ME it won't be that simple but I am assuming you have Win98? Win98SE? Let us know! If you do have WinME I may be able to give you the link to specialized instructions on how to get rid of ME first. Good Luck! Moonifa
 

PreludeGuy

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hmm, kinda odd situation. I HAD windowsXP. The drive is only 4G and xp takes up all of that! So I uninstalled (tried to) XP, but it failed and I could not boot up at all. It said invalid boot.ini file. So I was like,"thats fine, I'll just load win 98. So I booted from 98 bootdisk and tried to install 98. My origianl plan was to install win98 and format then. But I cant install 98, it always freezes. I really need the drive formatted.
 

PreludeGuy

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oh, moonmafia. Ive tried FDISK, I have a partition, and formatting command still says bad command or filename
 
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I am glad problem is solved! And jmatt, thanks for teaching me something I didn't know about partitions. You said just enough to get me interested in learning more. ;)
LOL Prelude,...moom mafia was interesting! Cute!:)
So how did you fix it? Did jmatt's link work?
Have a great week all! Moonifa
 
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