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    Reformatting my computer

    I have an WIN 98 computer that I have backed up and now "cleaning house" and starting anew.
    1. I deleted the partition (only have one)
    2. Created a new partition (only one)
    3. Displayed the partition, to verify that it did in fact create the partition.
    4. Rebooted and went to the C: prompt and typed in "formate C:" which should have started the formatting process ( I THOUGHT)

    Instead, I received the error message: "invalid media type reading c:"

    What's up... is it time to press the panic button? <img src=/S/bagged.gif border=0 alt=bagged width=22 height=22>

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    Re: Reformatting my computer

    <hr>formate C<hr>
    Did you spell it like that? If so you need to spell it this way FORMAT C:


    invalid media type reading c

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    Re: Reformatting my computer

    When you've resolved the problem with the error message, you really want to look very seriously at the parameters which usually follow FORMAT C: to make sure the drive is bootable. The only one you need is /S
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    Re: Reformatting my computer

    AND, you can't FORMAT from the C: drive just yet! There's nothing on it after doing an FDISK. 'Fraid you need a boot floppy with the FORMAT command included on it.

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    Re: Reformatting my computer

    I was assuming that the OP had booted from a floppy!
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    Re: Reformatting my computer

    Thank-you... I got it.( I was using the boot disk)
    I ended up inserting myWindows 98 disk. When I typed setup, it told me that I could not install, because "C" was not formatted [of course!]...

    "would you like to format it now?"
    YES!...

    It all worked out,,, thanks for your help!

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