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10-30-2000, 12:11 PM
Want to wipe hard drive clear to install new OS not an upgrade version.
Told to go to c:\ & type FDISK but not working what have I done wrong?

10-30-2000, 02:33 PM
ok try going dirctly dos by pressing f8 right before it loads system files that should bring you to start up menu select dos with cd rom support then when you get to c: promt fdisk [enter]

or you can use boot disk and from the a: prompt type fdisk [enter]
see if that works...... http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

10-30-2000, 07:35 PM
Welcome, Highwayman! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif What OS are you running now, and what are you planning to install?

FYI, if you're trying to access fdisk from C:, it's probably in a Windows subdirectory if you have that already on your hard drive. On my Win98 PC, it's in C:\Windows\Command, I would have to type at the C:\> prompt in DOS, cd\windows\command\[Enter], then fdisk[Enter].

If you have access to a Win98 startup floppy, you should boot to that and type fdisk_c: at the A:\> prompt.
Note: underscores ( _ ) are not typed in the command. It just means to add one space there.

That being said, the command you probably want to use to wipe your hard drive clean is format. Unless you want to change your partitions, there's no need to fdisk since the drive is already set up. To delete all the files on it for a clean new install, just follow the same instructions I gave you for fdisk, but substitute format_c:.

If your new OS full version is a bootable CD, someone else here can hopefully help you with that.

Please let us know if you have more questions and we'll be glad to try to answer them. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif


Daniel J Matthews
11-14-2000, 02:21 PM
Just make a bootup disk in win98 by going to control panel add remove programs and go to the startup Tab.

Done that OK?

Boot using it and type in A:\fdisk

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Paleo Pete
11-14-2000, 09:57 PM
To erase all data and reinstall, fdisk is not necessary if the drive is already installed and working. If you want to change the FAT from FAT16 to FAT32, then you'll need fdisk. Otherwise, boot to a win95/98 start up disk and you'll be at the A:\> prompt. Type format_c:_/s using a space in place of the underscore ( _ ). The /s switch tells format to also copy the system files to the hard drive, making it bootable. Then you can reinstall the OS.

Hard Disk Partitioning and Formatting Procedure (http://www.pcguide.com/proc/setup/hdd-c.html)

How to fdisk a Hard Drive (http://www.sybercom.net/jtmurphy/page11.htm)

Quick Guide to a Win98 Fresh Start (http://www.hardwarehell.com/fdisk.htm)

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