I want to format my Hard Drive through DOS

September 17, 2010 at 08:49:31
Specs: Windows XP
I do not want to format my hard drive using my windows XP disk.Instead I want to format my hard drive through dos,the problem is I cant get the external command com.every time i use the windows command line,it tells me it cant find the specified path. when i type in the run menu,COMMAND COM,it pops up and gives me the c:_ then I type in the command com C:\Format and FORMAT C:\ and it tells me its not and internal or external command.my pc is a custom machine it has a navidia Mother board quad 4 processor 2gigs of ram 2-256 gig hard drives 1 master and one slave.
I'm at my witts end to solve this problem.Windows 98 was much easier to format using DOS,but in XP the commands r different some how.

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September 17, 2010 at 08:56:28
I cant get the external command com
There is no underlying DOS layer. WinNT is the lowest layer you can go.

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September 17, 2010 at 09:09:42
Can you cut your legs off while running a race?

The same is true in trying to format the drive when in windows. You could not do the same thing in Win98 either.

There is no good reason to want to format via dos when you can use the xp install disk to do the same or any number of other programs.

Just remember that you have to boot up on floppy or cd to format the disk.

BTW the command is format c: /s otherwise you don't make the drive bootable via dos.

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September 17, 2010 at 09:44:22
Couldn't agree more with wanderer!
You can NOT format Windows while you're inside Windows and you can't get into DOS.

If you don't like the options in Windows XP's CD, there are many other tools you can use to format and create partitions. This is one of these options:


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September 17, 2010 at 10:31:15
GParted: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Quite agree MS-DOS is useless, does not support NTFS, etcetera

The NT based Windows Operating Systems have no MS-DOS, it is NT Command Prompt, "CMD.EXE".

"COMMAND.COM" is NTVDM aka New Technology Virtual DOS Machine...

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