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formatting hassles - to put it mildly

By Laurie
Jan 14, 2006
  1. Hi everyone - I am new to this site (looks awesome though) and am a computer user and thats about it. My PC is extremly slow and only 580megs left on an 8gig c drive (i have a 40 gig slave attached) so I decided to format c drive to erase rubbish and start again. I have an xp pro os. I put in a 98 floppy boot disk and by using fdisk deleted drive c partition then reinstalled partition as one large drive then rebooted and attempted to format c: when bad command or file name came up I tried C: at A prompt and then tried format C: to which I got invalid media type reading drive C
    Please help - I'm going mad!!!!!
    Thanks :confused:
     
  2. WIPp

    WIPp TS Rookie

    It's been a while since I had to format anything.. was that the actual command you typed ?

    so it looked like

    C:/format c

    From memory I think it needs to be something like:

    C:\ format c:\

    or C:\format c:


    But it's been a while so I could be wrong.

    Have you checked to make sure that your system is capable of running XP Pro minimum requirements ?
     
  3. WIPp

    WIPp TS Rookie

    as an afterthought... win xp should give you a format option when you throw the disk in to install
     
  4. Laurie

    Laurie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey thanks for your answer - I've been running xp pro for a couple of years now with no worries - I have the xp os cd but am trying to boot from a 98 floppy and then install xp once I have an os on at a:\> I type format c: I have tried format c:/s and format c: /u /s etc etc but it just says bad command etc at C:\> i type fromat c: and it say invalid media type etc ????!!
     
  5. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

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