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How do I format a computer?
freedomland Apr-22-02 04:41 PM
How can you format a computer that has a windows 2000 professional or windows xp operation system? I wanted to make a startup disk but there's no way you can make one anymore, so how would I be able to format it?

1. RE: How do I format a computer?
Twinhead Apr-23-02 01:25 AM
In response to message 0
If you have an original Win98 bootdisk, (Borrow one from a friend of yours) Boot from that disk.
Goto Fdisk, and remove ALL partitions including the "NON DOS" one.
Your drive is then free of partitions, thus ready to be repartitioned and reformatted.


2. RE: How do I format a computer?
freedomland Apr-23-02 06:58 PM
In response to message 1
How can I remove all the partitions? And what are they anyways?

3. RE: How do I format a computer?
DJ Net2Infinity Apr-23-02 07:17 PM
In response to message 2
Have a look at this http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Howto/buildcom/socka/13.html

To Delete your existing partitions choose option 3 from the Fdisk Main Menu

After Pressing 3 this menu will appear

Delete DOS Partition or Logical DOS Drive

Current fixed disk drive: 1

Choose one of the following:

1. Delete Primary DOS partition

2. Delete Extended DOS Partition

3. Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition

4. Delete Non-DOS Partition

** Below you will find an explaination for each menu choice and the order that you must delete them in **

1. Delete Primary DOS partition - Use this option to delete your main primary partition. However if you currently have any Extended / Logical DOS partitions you must delete these partitions before you will be able to delete the Primary DOS partition.

2. Delete Extended DOS partition - If you have your computer partitions into more then one drive, use this option to delete the extended dos partition(s). You must delete the Logical DOS Drive(s) before you can delete the Extended DOS partition.

3. Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition - This option would be used first if you have extended DOS partitions and wish to delete the extended partitions.

4. Delete Non-DOS Partition - This option is usually used for partitions that either have been created by third party applications such as a DDO or other operating systems such as IBM Warp, Unix, as well as various other operating systems.

4. RE: create a startup disk in xp
Scott_22 Apr-26-02 07:31 PM
In response to message 3
LAST EDITED ON Apr-26-02 AT 07:39 PM (EST)
you can try this--I dont know if it works--found it on a newsgroup


If you insert a blank floppy in the drive, then go to Explorer, right click on (my computer then right click 3 1/2" drive)
it, and choose Format, you'll find an option to create an MS Dos startup disk.
You should be able to use that to start up your system, and end up at an A:>

5. RE: create a startup disk in xp
lbyard Apr-27-02 12:32 PM
In response to message 4
That applies to Windows 95, 98, and 98SE; not to Windows Me, NT, 2000, and XP. See http://duxcw.com/faq/win/xp/clean.htm. Larry

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