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Formatting My Windows 2k Computer

by hellrace / September 30, 2004 2:21 AM PDT

Here's the problem, i'd like to format my hdd (its partitioned, i'd only like to format the partition containing my OS), due to too much spyware and trojans residing on my PC. Thought it'd be better to format and install a new copy of windows.

I've downloaded a windows boot disk containing cd-rom drivers as well as files like format.com, fdisk. When i use the diskette to boot up my PC, it brings me to DOS, after loading the CD Rom drivers. However, when i try to input this command "format c:", i get an error message saying invalid drive specification. I'm unable to access my hdd at all from DOS, anyone knows what problem is it? Since i can't access my HDD from DOS, i totally can't format and reinstall windows.

Thanks in advance.

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Don't Format My Windows 2k Computer
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2004 2:29 AM PDT

Frankly I've never had to format a drive in either NT or 2000 with a dos diskette. That's something that a dos and dos windows user may do. Let's look at a pictorial install of Windows 2000?

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/Install2kPro/install2kpro1.htm

Notice that in step 4 we can remove old partitions as well as create a new one. The installer will format it for us properly later.

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Next you want to use a full up Windows 2000 CD with SP4 SLIPSTREAMED in so you avoid many WORMS and more. How? Look up AUTOSTREAMER on google.com

Bob

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Re: Formatting My Windows 2k Computer
by 44039 / October 23, 2004 12:06 PM PDT

Just boot from your Win2k CD. Problem is your DOS boot floppy doesn't see your NTFS partitions. It can only see FAT16 and maybe FAT32. From the win2k cd, you can see the partition, reformat it (don't delete it) and install on it.

Scott
http://www.AAApcMechanic.com

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