how to reformat hard drive

gopunk

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Jul 7, 2001
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quiet you! :p

i just usually do it when i'm installing a new os, but i just want to wipe one hd (i'm giving it to my mom).
 

zeon

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the easiest way i know is to boot to dos (use a 95/98/2k) boot disk, and then type "fdisk" then delete the partition you want to delete, then create a new partition then exit fdisk, type "format C(or whatever drive letter you're working with)"

if i have that order backwards anyone else feel free to corect me...
 

Mota331

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Go into DOS either by shutting down into DOS or by using a boot disk and then when you reach the C: prompt type "format c: \s" without the quotes.
The \s is to copy the necessary system files to make the drive bootable so you can easily install your OS.
 

monto

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pretty much what zeon said...but back up or ghost everything first ;)

and don't forget to make a bootdisk prior to...(with smartdrv.exe if non-bootable cdrom so you can install from dos)
 

spanky

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Jun 19, 2001
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so where's the 10000th post? damn... i must've missed it while i was sleeping. congrats gopunk. :)
 

tcsenter

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Grab a utility from the manufacturer and low-level initialize (00 write) that sucker. That is a 'wipe', not a 'format'.

It will clear everything; boot sector, partitions, data, everything. You then have to partition and format it again to use it.
 

Sluggo

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<< quiet you! :p

i just usually do it when i'm installing a new os, but i just want to wipe one hd (i'm giving it to my mom).
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Gotta hide all that pr0n from Mom :Q