Reformatting a windows 98 hard drive

November 16, 2011 at 00:07:27
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old windows 98 hard drive, and I want to reformat it so it will work in my windows XP computer so I can use it as a back-up/new volume hard drive. I only need whatever memory space it will give me. Will this work?

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#1
November 16, 2011 at 05:02:36
Typically, yes. XP will can format it. You will need to have a free IDE connector on a cable and may need to change the jumper settings. Assuming you have two flat ribbon cables with 2 connectors on each with your hard drive on one and your CD/DVD drive on the other, you will need to set the jumper on this one to 'slave' and make the optical drive 'Master' since it may be on 'Cable Select' (the drive will probably be a slower rate so best not on the cable with your hard drive). Do not use the older 40 wire cable that was on the '98 rig.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
November 16, 2011 at 06:20:59
Do not use the older 40 wire cable that was on the '98 rig.

If this is an ATA33 drive using a 80 wire cable will make no difference. 80 wire cable are only of any benefit on AT66 drives and above.

Stuart


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#3
November 16, 2011 at 07:11:58
Hi Cademan,

You may need to check if it has more than one partion, and if so you might want to change before formatting.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#4
November 16, 2011 at 10:11:01
Thank you all for the replies. Ok, so what I am understanding is it is ok to use it as long as I don't use it's original cable. That's fine as the original cable is long gone. I do have an extra flat cable and power cable in my exsisting XP computer for extra excessories. I am assuming that this will show up as "removeable disc" F, G, H, I, J, etc. in my "my computer" menu? I have already reformatted an old XP hard drive but didn't know if it were possible to reformat a 95/98 hard drive. Thank you all again. This help is really appreciated!

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#5
November 16, 2011 at 12:42:16
No it will not show up as a removable drive, it will show up as a normal drive. Just out of curiosity, how big is this drive? I would not use it as a backup drive, it's probably been well used and may be short on lifespan.

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#6
November 16, 2011 at 13:33:11
Thanks for all your help. A computer specialist just up the street from me said that I can attach it to my exsisting cables and to make sure my main drive is set to "master", and the extra drive is set to "slave" then just reformat it like you would any other drive. I am not concerned about how old it is, or how much life is left in it. I am actually an electronics repair person, and I already am using an extra reformatted drive in my computer as a "new volume G" drive which gave me an extra 120GB of memory. My original question was for a friend of mine who is mentally challenged and just wanted a spare back-up for his pictures. He is using a refurbished dell computer which only came with 40GB and has already had it in the shop twice. I thought I could help him out by giving him a spare from one of my old 95/98 drives. It only has 20GB but that is all he needs.

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#7
November 16, 2011 at 13:51:06
You can do that. It would probably save time and less effort if you just installed it in his machine and did the format. It would be the same process and you would only have to install it once. Good Luck.

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#8
November 17, 2011 at 01:41:05
Actually you do not have to partition or reformat, although it is probably preferable as this would wipe everything.

You could just install and delete everything on the disk that is no longer required..

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#9
November 17, 2011 at 10:45:12
What a helpful site! Thank you everyone! Everything worked and went off without a hitch!

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