formating a hard drive.

August 14, 2009 at 16:03:19
Specs: windows 98
i have a hard drive from another computer. i'm trying to format it to reload windows 98 ( my mom just uses it to play games) i get the message " format not supported on drive c:"
i belive this hard drive was a slave, don't remember what operating sys.

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#1
August 14, 2009 at 16:07:55
You appear to have have it jumper-ed wrong.You can't format the primary drive.

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- Henry Kissinger


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#2
August 14, 2009 at 16:10:33
fdisk returns with " no space available to partition"

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#3
August 14, 2009 at 16:11:34
there is only one drive, how do i format it?

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#4
August 14, 2009 at 16:43:19
disregard.

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#5
August 14, 2009 at 16:54:28
"there is only one drive, how do i format it?"

You boot off a Win98 boot floppy, then from the DOS prompt, type FORMAT C: & press ENTER.

You realize you'll lose everything, right? Do you have all the necessary drivers to reinstall?


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#6
August 14, 2009 at 21:27:58
If you're using a bootdisk then the "Format not supported on drive C:" means there's not a valid dos partition on the hard drive and/or no hard drive is being seen. Most bootdisks create a ramdrive at the first available drive letter. If there's no valid dos partiton then there's no hard drive letter and the ramdrive sets up as C:. You can't format a ramdrive so you get that error.

You need to run fdisk first. It'll give an error if it doesn't see a hard drive. If it's there you need to remove any existing partitions and then create a primary dos partition. After that's done you reboot and do the format.

Post back if you have any questions about running fdisk.


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#7
August 15, 2009 at 06:23:55
thankx for the feed back. my son talked me thru removing the existing partitions and then running fdisk. windows loaded fine after that.

thankx again


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#8
August 15, 2009 at 09:48:01
You're welcome. We're glad you got it going.

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