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Need formating help

I am reinstalling Win98SE on a Compaq 5050 computer because it had spyware and viruses that slow down the computer and caused to many errors. I wanted to clean everything and begin fresh but every time I select to format the harddrive it goes to the format screen pauses and then moves to the next screen without formating and the computer will not load the OS system. I have reistalled 98SE before on other computers and done upgrades and this has never happen before. Has anyone had this problem before or has a link to a tool that will format the hard so I can reinstall the OS system.

Thanks in advance

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Are you in a windows environment

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when you try to format the drive? Or did you boot up with a W98SE bootdisk to get to the A: prompt instead where the command is normally used? Windows itself won't let you format the drive if it's running at the time. Here are the steps for W98SE...there is a printer friendly link at the bottom that takes out most of the graphics. Print it ahead of time so you have it handy.


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I use the OS system disc and let the system boot from the CD. I have done it this way before without a problem. It is not my computer and thats the only disc the person had, but I have already downloaded all of the drivers from Compaq's site. I'll retry again later today & thanks for the link

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This is the way it's done with XP

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Never heard it done that way with Win 98, unless oit is a restore CD such as the proprietary systems come with.

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Are you using

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A factory restore disc or a full install OS/CD.

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(NT) (NT) Full install

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I Use A Windows 98 Boot Floppy to Format The Disk..

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Then place the Windows 98 CD in the CD-Rom drive, then run it by typeing "Setup.exe" in the drive prompts command line..If you don't have one, you can create a Windows 98 bootfloppy by placing a blank floppy in the floppy drive of a functioning Windows 98 machine, open the Control Panel, Add-Remove Programs, then click the "Startup Disk" tab, then choose "Create Disk".

The link below will describe the Windows 98 format and installation procedures..

How to Install Windows 98 on a Computer with No Operating System (Q221829)

Toni Hackler's post in the "Tips" thread from comuter newbies should also help. It's a little long but provides all the information you'll ever need.:

Toni Hackler's: How To Fdisk and Format Drives..lengthy post

Hope this helps.


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Thanks for the help

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I enter the Fdisk and removed the partition for the harddrive and then just install Win98 as normal. Enabled large disc support and formatted the HD and everything went as smooth as silk from there. Below is my steps as much as I can remember.

Loaded Win 98SE disc
Boot from CD
Option 2
Option 3, then 1, then 1, Y and enter.
Restart and Boot from CD
Option 1 and you should be good from there.

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