Solved The only diskette with win 98se format command cannot be use

February 1, 2012 at 07:05:48
Specs: Windows 98se, pentium2 /64 mb
Dear sir, I want to format my hard drive for win 98se. My diskette with format command cannot be used anymore. Can you please point me to the right place where I can download this command. I don't want use boot able cd. I need win98se format command in a diskette.A start up diskette will also do.
Thank you for helping me.
Tana

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February 2, 2012 at 22:56:09
The windows XP hard drive is probably partitioned as NTFS which 98 doesn't recognize. So it's not seeing a C: drive.

You need to run FDISK first from the bootdisk and delete the NTFS partition. Then repartition, reboot and then format the drive.

Remember, once you do all that your XP is gone and can't be recovered.

If your hard drive is larger than about 64 gig the 98 version of fdisk won't see it right. In that case you need to use the updated or ME version of FDISK. If you're not sure what size hard drive you have check its model number. But if you only have a pentium II you probably don't have a very big drive.

I went over the partitioning and formating procedure in my # 13 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...



#1
February 1, 2012 at 09:04:37
From the following page download Win98SE OEM or Custom diskette

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

lnside there is the Format.com you need.


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#2
February 2, 2012 at 08:38:05
Dear sir, With the answer given I successful made a boot able 98se diskette. But sorry to say the format command is not included in the start up diskette.
Thank you Sir. I need format command so that I can format my hard drive.

Tanaba


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#3
February 2, 2012 at 08:44:45
I generated and examined the bootable floppy I pointed out in my previous answer (before posting) and I assure in the Win 98SE Custom is included Format.com.

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#4
February 2, 2012 at 09:11:09
Dear sir, Yes the win98 custom copy does include the format. com.

Thank you very much sir,. I hope I can format my hard drive now.

Tanaba.


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#5
February 2, 2012 at 18:35:11
Dear Sir, My hard drive was running win XP with some problem. I don't want it now.I want to erase it with by formatting it with win98se format command. I boot up my computer with the start up diskette and after booting I end up with A prompt.
When I type A> format c:/s, I get the message: invalid drive specification.I tried d,e,f but to no avail. I get the same message. I need further help.

Thank you Sir
tanaba


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#6
February 2, 2012 at 22:56:09
✔ Best Answer
The windows XP hard drive is probably partitioned as NTFS which 98 doesn't recognize. So it's not seeing a C: drive.

You need to run FDISK first from the bootdisk and delete the NTFS partition. Then repartition, reboot and then format the drive.

Remember, once you do all that your XP is gone and can't be recovered.

If your hard drive is larger than about 64 gig the 98 version of fdisk won't see it right. In that case you need to use the updated or ME version of FDISK. If you're not sure what size hard drive you have check its model number. But if you only have a pentium II you probably don't have a very big drive.

I went over the partitioning and formating procedure in my # 13 here:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#7
February 3, 2012 at 06:21:10
Just to complete DAVEINCAPS' advise be aware drivers for Windows 98SE are different from those operated by Win XP since XP is based on NT kernel while 98 on DOS. So before formatting be sure to have all drivers needed on hand.

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#8
February 3, 2012 at 08:57:51
Dear sir, Hooray, Tom's Guide has helped me solve my computer problem. I recommend Tom'sGuide to everyone who has a computer problem.

Thank you ,Sir
Tanaba


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#9
February 3, 2012 at 16:29:20
" Tom's Guide has helped me solve my computer problem. I recommend Tom'sGuide to everyone who has a computer problem."

which problem, XP or the problem trying to format??

larry


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#10
February 3, 2012 at 18:20:34
Hmmmph!! And just what did this Tom's Guide do for you that we couldn't?

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#11
February 4, 2012 at 04:49:28
Dear sir, I had many problems. The answers to everyone of the problems given by members did solve the problems.
Thank you sir.

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#12
February 4, 2012 at 07:21:52
This is Computing.net, not Tom's Guide. Did the members at this site help you fix the problem? And which fix is the one that did the trick? I see #6 is marked as best answer, is that the response that solved your problem?

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#13
February 4, 2012 at 08:19:18
I feel sure the poster meant Computing.net but it's easy to see why this happened because it also says "by tom's Guide" at the top of the page. I guess we are (sort of) part of that nowadays, whether we like it or not.

Good to hear the problem is fixed anyhow.


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#14
February 4, 2012 at 17:39:38
Oh that's right. We're Tom's Guide now. I haven't been paying attention to who's been signing all those big paychecks. I guess I'm no longer insulted. LOL

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