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Reformatting Problem

by jerrywh1 / September 23, 2004 2:39 AM PDT

I was recently given an old "Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT" laptop. I was wanting to repartion and refromat the HD. In the "DOS" mode I deleted the "Primary DOS Partion" so I could create a new one, and format it. I got a msg. stating to re-start the computer after I deleted the partion. When I restarted the computer, I can't get a "command prompt". No luck with a "start up disk". I thought the CMOS would give me a prompt. Any ideas?
Thanks, Jerry

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Re: Reformatting Problem
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2004 3:05 AM PDT
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I had that model at the office for awhile and if the hardware is still good, I would place the restore CD in the CD drive and boot from that. If the restore CD doesn't boot, set the BIOS to all its default values and try again.

No boot from the restore CD means that you have a hard failure and need to repair the laptop.

Bob

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Re: Reformatting Problem
by reipph / September 24, 2004 2:36 AM PDT
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Did you use the /s switch during formatting, ergo, format c: /s?
The /s switch transfers the primary operating system to your hard disk so you can boot from it.
After the FDIsk process, you need to format your hard disk but you have to boot from the floppy disk.
If it didn't work, run scan disk after formatting, your HDD could be worn.

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Re: Reformatting Problem
by TONI H / September 24, 2004 9:39 AM PDT
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Once you have deleted the partition, you need to create a new one immediately BEFORE rebooting...I would start over again with your bootdisk by booting up with it, then enter FDISK, delete the partition, and create a new one (make it active), then exit out and reboot again with the bootdisk.

Once you get to the A: prompt again, type FORMAT C:/S if you have W95/98.....if you have ME, leave the /S off.

TONI

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