By demonkid
Sep 7, 2004
  1. i'm having some trouble with my computer and i need to reformat:( and i'm a having some trouble could anyone help me by any chance?

    any help would be greatly apperciated
  2. Terranova

    Terranova TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Some info would help such as the Specs of your Pc, the OS you are using and what the problem is, you may not need to Reformat but i cant say anymore without info.
  3. demonkid

    demonkid TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my pc is using windows XP professional
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395
    Download a Windows98 boot floppy image.
    Run that.
    reboot with that floppy in the drive
    Format C:

    Now that is the solution in a majority of the cases, but there are some instances where that will not work perfectly.
  5. demonkid

    demonkid TS Rookie Topic Starter

    could u get a me a direct link? i can't seem to find it 0_o

    there is so many of them with similair names :eek:
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Also if you have XP and are planning on reinstalling XP. You can just boot from the XP cd and it will ask you during setup if you want to format the drive you are installing it to.
  7. demonkid

    demonkid TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i did try to boot from the cd.. but it says starting windows 95 0_o and it says wrong cd after

    edit yes i do plan to reinstall xp
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    It should say starting windows98, then you want to boot with CD ROM support, if you are planning on directly installing XP. And that is if for some reason your XP CD isn't bootable and/or you just don't want XP to format the drive for you when you begin the installation.
    If you insist on doing it the hard way then type Format c:
    press y
    enter volume name after the format is complete

    Then here's the often overlooked important part, you are going to need smartdrv.exe, and I don't know where that is on the XP Install CD, so I always get mine from a windows 98 disk.
    But you must run smartdrv.exe before you can start the XP installation, otherwise you will be waiting a LONG time for the install to finish.
    Then to start the XP install its
    CD Drive:\i386\winnt.exe

    now I *think* that is all right, but its been a long time since I've done it that way. Its just simpliest to have the XP install format your drive.
  9. demonkid

    demonkid TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok i booted from cd and everything is good but after the first part and it restarts it say non-system disk replacle and strike and key when ready T_T

    bah my floppy won't work T_T
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Boot from CD again, start the windows install, format the drive when you are given the option to in the install. Remove the XP CD, remove any floppy from the drive (shouldn't be a floppy in the drive at all if booting from cd).
    When the computer reboots take the cd out of its drive until the windows install starts to load on its own, then put the cd back in the drive.
  11. demonkid

    demonkid TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dam there was a floppy in the a drive

    i knew something was wrong lol

    i'm gonna try again.. hopefully it will work


    double edit thx a bunch for ur help.. :grinthumb
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Heh, glad to here that.

    You are welcome.
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