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    Reformatting hard drive

    I'm preparing to reformat a hard drive that uses Win 98 OS. It's been awhile since I've done this and I want to be sure I do it correctly. I have a Win98 boot floppy disk and all the data has been backed up. Now, do I just restart in MSDos mode and type "format" after the "C" prompt? If so, then what? Shut down, put the Win98 boot disk in and start it back up again to reload Win98? Am I forgetting anything? Thanks!

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    Re: Reformatting hard drive

    You are 98% on your way based on your post. Here's what I would do to make life a little easier (providing you have a hard drive large enough to store the Windows setup files):

    1. <LI>Boot with a DOS floppy. The Windows 98 Startup disk will do nicely. Boot with CD ROM support
      <LI>Format the drive using <pre>FORMAT C: /s</pre>

      - the /s will make the hard drive a bootable system drive.
      <LI>Enter the following command: <pre>MD WIN98CABS</pre>

      <LI>Now, enter <pre>COPY {cd-rom drive}WIN98*.* C:WIN98CABS
      COPY {cd-rom drive}*.* C:WIN98</pre>

      <LI>Reboot without the floppy. Your system should go straight to the C: drive.
      <LI>To start setup, enter <pre>WIN98SETUP</pre>
    You an also modify setup's behavior by entering switches after it. For example, I hate the startup disk part since I already have one - so I enter SETUP /ie. You can see the whole list of setup options by entering SETUP /? at the command prompt.

    Benefits of doing it this way are that you now have the Windows 98 files on the hard drive. If Windows detects new hardware, or wants the CD for any reason whatsoever, it will not prompt you for it - it will just grab them from the hard drive. Setup runs a hair faster this way too.
    -Mark

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    Re: Reformatting hard drive

    Thanks a million! I'm doing this for one of my best friends and I want to keep the friendship. Your suggestions will ensure that! She's had the system for several years and has never reformatted, so I'll let you know how we make out. Thanks again!

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    Re: Reformatting hard drive

    Welcome. It's not everyday you can help someone witha computer problem and a friendship at the same time... <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    If you run into any problems, shoot back here to this thread and post away....no promises on the human factor but I'm sure someone will have an answer to the technical side of things. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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