clean harddrive with XP

April 20, 2011 at 02:18:41
Specs: Windows XP
I would like to reformat hard drive that presently has XP, once clean and formatted i want to load windows 98.
I am having trouble formatting the drive XP wont let me and i dont have a start up disk.

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#1
April 20, 2011 at 02:47:10
XP won't commit "suicide" (you can't format a drive with XP while using XP). If you're starting over from scratch, you can destroy the partition with the XP disc or another utility such as Delpart:

http://russelltexas.com/delpart.htm

Once the partition is gone, insert the Win98 disc, reboot, and allow it to partition and format the drive (preferably FAT32) and install Win98. Realize, however, that if this is a "newer" machine (made in the last 10 years or so), you may have problems finding suitable Win98 drivers for all your hardware.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
April 20, 2011 at 05:27:28
If you have a Win98 install CD I think it does not contain the tools to partition & format the drive preparatory to install. That feature I believe came along with Win XP.

Go to www.bootdisk.com and you can download a suitable bootdisk file that you use to create the required boot floppy. You then use Fdisk & Format to partition & format the drive. Must be FAT32 for Win98. No option, No "preferably" about it.

I do however agree with the last thing T-R-A had to say about hardware incompatibilities. Since you have not given any details of the hardware involved we are only guessing.

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#3
April 20, 2011 at 06:35:21
Some potential issues are SATA hard drives, Hard drive size, more than 511MB of RAM, motherboard chip set drivers.

Why do you want to go back to Win98?


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#4
April 20, 2011 at 10:42:31
Whoops, Richard59 is correct. Only a few copies of '98 were bootable; and you will need to boot from some other media. Been a little while since I messed with '9x {smacks hand on forehead}...

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