Can't format hard drive using FORMAT.COM in ME

Jan 9, 2002
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I am trying to format my hard drive using the ME version of fdisk and format.com. I can do the fdisk fine, but when I try to format the c: drive using format c: /s it tells me that /s is no longer permitted. How can I format my c: drive so that it is a system disk without the /s parameter? If I can't do that, I can't load my cd drivers and ME.

It is an old Dell Dimension XPS Pro 200n (pentium pro 200) with a 10gb Maxtor HD.

Thanks for all help.

Brian
 

Techwhore

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Aug 2, 2000
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When you fdisk'd the drive did you just delete the partition and fail to create a new one?

Does format c: with no switches work?

If so, you can use a 98 machine to make a 98 bootdisk then format c: /s

or worst case scenario you format c: with no parameters and pick up some generic mscdex cd rom drives off the internet. It's really not a problem.
 

kd7fhd

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Even tho I own win me, I really haven't used it - - - I put it on and then took it back off.

Anyway, didn't me drop dos support? That's probably why it won't use the /s (you're trying to make a bootable hard drive partition, right?) paramater.

Get a w98 boot disk and try again.
 
Jan 9, 2002
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I don't have a Win98 machine set up right now. Any ideas on how to get a Win98 boot disk? I do have the Win98 installation CD, but I don't know what files I need to have on a disk to make it bootable. Also, my version of Win98 is the Non SE version. Did that support Fat32? IF not, how can I format it for fat32 if Win98 won't support it.

Thanks for your help.

Brian
 

Bojax

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All versions of win 98 are fat32. So its ok to format in fat 32. And yes, go to bootdisk.com for all your needs.
 


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