Re: format hard drive

Re: format hard drive

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Posted by Henry on January 24, 2002 at 23:46:19:

In Reply to: format hard drive posted by Laura on January 24, 2002 at 22:53:02:

: I have spent hours researching how to format my hard drive (C:\). I understand when I do that I will lose all the data on it. That's what I want to do. And, I think, I'm ready to go.
: BUT..... in none of my research have I been able to find out: What happens to DOS?? If everything gets deleted when you format the hard drive, it stands to reason that DOS is also deleted.
: Please, I need someone to answer this question before I format. Thanks for any advise or help.

If you format your hard drive EVERYTHING will disappear because ALL of the tables that tell the system what files are on the disk and where to find them are initialized. You WILL NOT have access to DOS on your HDD after you format it. [NOTE: Format DOES NOT erase or overwrite data it merely makes the data inaccessible to YOU so if you are trying to completely erase your files POST AGAIN - that requires a different approach].

If you format /s (transfer system files to HDD so it is bootable) you WILL have "COMMAND.COM" on the disk and you can do the elementaries that are included (DIR, COPY, ...) BUT you WILL NOT have any of the DOS utilities like XCOPY, EDIT, FDISK or anything else on the freshly formatted HDD. If you will need or want to use any of those utilities make sure you copy them to a diskette BEFORE you format the drive. You can copy them to the HDD (AFTER format) or run them from the diskette IF you have them [I'd copy everything from C:\windows\command to diskettes, at least one should be bootable, both bootable is better].

If you need/want step-by-step partition and format instructions just go to: [Select Product Support, Desktop (ATA) Drives then Technical Procedures]

Doc 20004 = Partitioning and Formatting Hard Drives with either MS-DOS version 6.22 or Microsoft Windows 95A.

Doc 20006 = Partitioning and Formatting Hard Drives with either Microsoft Windows 95B or Microsoft Windows 98.

Hope this helps - post again if you need clarification or have more Qs.


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