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Formatting a drive with abad operating system

By scarecrow1
Jul 26, 2008
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  1. I need help in formatting a hard drive were i cannot get to the bios, but i have m/e boot disk that gets me to dos. when i put the command in to format the c drive it does not wotk. the hardrive has xp on it and it is illegal and i am wanting to remove it. i have a 486 with 80 gig hard drive custom built computor. any suggestions?
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    Try deleting the partitions on the hard disk and then try to format it.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  4. scarecrow1

    scarecrow1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    got into bios

    got into bios. duh...

    i tried fdisk and then asks if i want change the partition because the hard drive is large i say yes then i go to a:> here i try format c: /s /v and i get invalid
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    c: /s

    Also confirm in Fdisk that the partition is active

    Edit:

    I mean after removing all partitions, you need to then create a new one first, then format

    Edit2
    You need sys.com on the floppy to sys it (copy over command.com and io.sys)
    Otherwise just use format c:
  6. scarecrow1

    scarecrow1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    where can i go to get the files need to create the right boot disc
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  8. scarecrow1

    scarecrow1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    i tried the fdisk than format c: /s and the reply is format not supported on drive c format terminated. looks like a paper weight to me:)
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I edited above, twice !
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