Formatting HD using Win98

Microsoft Windows 98 se (full product)
February 17, 2010 at 10:01:28
Specs: Windows 98SE, 64MB
I have a Compaq Armada 7400 and tried formating using Win98. I got a message "Windows cannot format this drive because it contains files in use by Windows" or can I format using the Wind98Se StartUp disk? The HD is only 10GB. I seen the post with respct to formating with Win98 but not how to do the format.

What is your suggestion and after formating should I reinstall Win98Se or Win98.

Thanks to anyone that can help with this. The laptop is getting a new owner and I would like to remove all that is necessary and keep the laptop runnig smooth. Thanks again.

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February 17, 2010 at 10:34:45
This is the gaming forum, not the Win98 forum. And you should have formatted back in Oct when you started this ridiculously long thread:

You can't format from within have to boot from a CD or floppy to do it. If you have a Win98 boot floppy, boot off it & select "without CD drive". When it stops at the A:\> prompt, type format C: then press Enter. You will get a warning that all data will be lost. Press Y & just wait til it's done.

Reboot again & this time select "with CD drive". Pay attention to which letter is assigned to the CD drive (probably E ?) will be displayed just before it stops at the A:\> prompt. Pop the Win98 disc in the drive, change from A:\> to E:\> then type setup & press Enter. Win98 installation will begin. Hopefully you have copies of all the necessary drivers.

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February 17, 2010 at 19:39:19
I did not plan on selling it at the time. But thanks anyway.

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February 17, 2010 at 21:52:53
Who said anything about selling it? You asked how to format & I explained. And as I pointed out, you also asked how to format 4 months ago. So I guess in all this time, you never attempted to format & never bothered to do a google search for "how to format"?

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February 19, 2010 at 08:05:29

I mentioned selling in #2. The decision to sell is because Excell data was not accessible even after reloading MS Works with the Excel porgram. All the Ms Word documents were recovered.

Yes, help on trying to recover data after the laptop crash did go to manny pages but I had not expeted it would go that many pages. Lack of knowledge on computer tech repair is minimal. Had I know it was that difficult I would have gone directly to the shop in my area. I apologise for that and thanks for the help in #1.
Hope you keep helping those in need in this gaming forum.

Have a nice day.

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February 19, 2010 at 08:16:03
I forgot to mention that I did a Google search and that is how I found Computing. net, ok. and I did not intentionlally entered the gaming forum. I simply clicked on "new topic" and did the post.

thanks again.

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