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Unconditional Format

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by rxm, Mar 21, 2004.

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  1. rxm

    rxm Thread Starter

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    I am 12 hours into a reformat of my c drive. These are the commands that I have entered

    Format c:/q
    Invalid existing format
    This disk cannot be quick formatted
    Proceed with Unconditional format (y/n)
    Y
    Formatting
    Trying to recover allocation unit (it is up to 57,000 on a 2gb hard drive)

    Does anyone know how long this will take?

    I am afraid of stopping the reformat process as I don't know whether that will do more harm than good. Any advice?
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    If you are getting that error, it sounds like the hard drive is starting to go bad. If this is the case, and given the price of drives, you might consider getting a new one.

    Also, if you have an older computer, make sure the BIOS will support whatever drive size you get.
     
  3. Wet Chicken

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    The proper command to unconditionally format is format /u. Is this a laptop or desktop? Like Bob said, drives that small are dirt cheap these days, probably you could find a 2 gig for around 10 bucks, maybe less. They will most likely charge you more for the shipping than the hard drive :D
     
  4. rxm

    rxm Thread Starter

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    I don't think I have a hard drive problem as it was ok before I started this process. My goal is to install windows me. The current system has windows 98 upgrade over windows 95. It is a Sony VAIO and I am trying to do the install without the Sony Recovery Disk.
     
  5. Wet Chicken

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    I just formatted a 4 gig hard drive this morning with PartitionExpert, and it took less than a minute ;)
     
  6. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

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    What about just plain vanilla

    format C:

    ???
     
  7. john1

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    Did you run Scandisk beforehand?
    that should take dodgy sectors out of the loop.
     
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