Solved Format C Drive DOS Command

August 25, 2016 at 11:01:39
Specs: Windows 7
its a simple damn question, what is the DOS command to format your hard drive I just need to know the dos command

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August 26, 2016 at 04:48:05
MS-DOS and command line overview - http://www.computerhope.com/overvie...


#1
August 25, 2016 at 11:26:56
You can't format your hard drive while it is in use. Also, modern hard drives are very large so it is best to use other means beside DOS.

Why do you want to format? In addition to the above, you can't format an already formatted partition. You must first delete the partition, create a new partition, THEN format it.

If you are working with current versions of Windows, the installation disk can do all that for you. Just use advanced/ custom installation selection when booting to the DVD.

You will lose ALL your personal data when do this. Be sure to backup somewhere off the computer.


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#2
August 25, 2016 at 11:48:02
"its a simple damn question"
Helpers on this forum do so in their own spare time for free and do not deserve that sort of thing. If you are unable to work out why there is a minimum character limit then come back and we will explain it to you.

The DOS command is format C: but the provisos are as given in #1. Windows computers have not had DOS on board since Windows 98, only command prompt which runs within Windows.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
August 25, 2016 at 13:55:52
You can reformat a partition - i.e one that is already formatted can be (reformatted) by any windows OS - as long the partition in question is not the one with the windows OS being used...

You would either connect the drive to another working system - via usb typically - then (re)format it that way via Disk Manager; or follow the routine alluded to in #1 by OtH... (having taken precautions as per OtH re' your data....)


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#4
August 25, 2016 at 17:09:20
To format a HDD using DOS, you will have to boot off a disc or floppy that contains DOS, type the command format x: (x being the drive letter) at the DOS prompt, & then press enter.

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#5
August 25, 2016 at 19:32:28
Yeah, FORMAT was the only method 20 years ago but now. . . maybe not.

In conclusion, it's not '. . . a simple damn question'. It depends on the size and type of drive, the partition type you have, or want to have, if you intend it to be the boot drive and the OS involved.

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August 26, 2016 at 04:48:05
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MS-DOS and command line overview - http://www.computerhope.com/overvie...

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