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.
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