Re: reformat ntfs drive

Re: reformat ntfs drive


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Posted by Todd Michon on October 10, 2001 at 09:25:56:

In Reply to: reformat ntfs drive posted by mac on August 07, 2001 at 19:43:43:

: I have recently gotten my hands on a pc that was networked with novell software.
: The hard drive is formatted in ntfs format. I want to reformat it, but there is no option to format through the bios, and whenever
: i put i boot/system disks, the response to typing "format c:" is "cannot find drive c".
: What should i do?
In order to reformat an NTFS partition, you'll first have to use Windows NT Setup to remove it. Then, you can format it as a FAT partition from DOS. Lets take a look at how this works.

While the procedure were about to explain is designed to work with no risk to your FAT partition, we recommend that you make a full backup of the FAT partition before you start the procedure. That way, you're protected in case anything does go wrong.

To begin, you insert the Windows NT Setup disk and reboot your system. When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, you press [Enter] to initiate the installation procedure. When you see the Setup methods screen, press C to select Custom Setup. At this point, Setup will begin examining your systems hardware.

Once it completes the hardware scanning process, Setup prompts you to select a path to install Windows NT. At this point, press N to choose a new path. When you do, you'll see a Windows NT Setup screen like the one shown in Figure A.

Figure A:
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you're now ready to remove the NTFS partition. To do so, highlight the NTFS partition and press P to delete it. When you do, Setup prompts you to confirm your choice. Press [Enter] to continue.

In a moment, Setup informs you that it has deleted the NTFS partition and prompts you to press [Enter] to continue. When you do, you'll see a Windows NT Setup screen like the one shown in Figure B.

Figure B:
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As you can see, Setup has deleted the NTFS partition and now recognizes the disk space as unpartitioned. you'll also notice that Setup removes the drive letter from the partition.

Before you can reformat this unpartitioned disk space with DOS, you need to create a partition that has a drive letter assigned to it. While you can exit Setup and use the DOS FDISK command to do so, its much easier to perform this step from Setup. To create a new partition, highlight the item Unpartitioned Disk Space in the list and press P to create a new partition. When you do, Setup prompts you to confirm the operation. Press [Enter] to continue. In a moment, Setup informs you that it has created a new partition. When you press [Enter], you'll see a Windows NT Setup screen like the one shown in Figure C.

Figure C:
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As you can see, Setup has created a new unformatted partition and assigned it the drive letter D. Now, you can press [F3] to exit Setup. When you do, Setup will reboot your system. When the FlexBoot menu appears, select DOS. Once the system boots DOS, you can use the FORMAT command to reformat the drive as a FAT partition.

After you format the drive, you'll want to delete the Windows NT FlexBoot files


NTLDR

NTDETECT.COM

BOOTSECT.DOS

BOOT.INI


from the root directory of drive C. If you have a SCSI hard disk, you'll also need to remove the file


NTBOOTDD.SYS


from the root directory of drive C.

All of these files have the Hidden, Read-only, and System attributes set. Therefore, you won't be able to see them from the DOS prompt with the normal DIR command. However, if you add the /AS parameter to the DIR command, you'll be able to see all the system files in your root directory. Then, you can delete the Windows NT FlexBoot files one by one.

Once you've deleted the Windows NT FlexBoot files, you should reboot your system. Now you can use drive D as a normal FAT partition.





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