Solved

formatting

Posted on 1997-12-14
1
121 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
how can i reformat my hard drive but allow my system to still boot up
0
Comment
Question by:hoffa
1 Comment
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
jhance earned 100 total points
Comment Utility
You can't.  If you reformat your HDD, then there will be nothing on it to boot up.  Assuming that you have your Win95 installation disks or CDROM, do the following:

1) Make a bootable floppy.  This can be done with the control panel/add remove programs/startup disk.  After making it, be sure that you can boot it.  Also, if you are going to install from a CDROM, locate a DOS mode CDROM driver (something like CDROM.SYS) and put it on the floppy along with the MSCDEX program.  These are required to access your CDROM after booting in MSDOS mode.  Also, modify your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT file on the floppy so that the CDROM.SYS and MSCDEX program are loaded.

2) Make a careful note of all your installed hardware and what IRQ, MEMORY ADDRESSES, and DMA's that they are using as well as their drivers.  Make sure that you have the drivers for each of them.  Many are included with Win95, others are available from their manufacturers.

3) If you have access to a tape backup system, backup EVERYTHING on your HDD just to be safe.

4) Now, boot the floppy, and format the HDD.

5) Now you can run the Win95 setup.exe program and re-install it.

Regards,

Joe
0

Featured Post

Are your corporate email signatures appalling?

Is it scary how unprofessional your email signatures look? Do users create their own terrible designs and give themselves stupid job titles? You can make this a lot easier for yourself by choosing an email signature management solution from Exclaimer today.

Join & Write a Comment

Update 11/3/2014 - Although the below article will get you to relocate the WINSXS folder, Microsoft has finally released a utility to reduce the size of the WINSXS folder. For some reason, it's not that straightforward. It only works on Windows 2008…
This is an article about Leadership and accepting and adapting to new challenges. It focuses mostly on upgrading to Windows 10.
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

771 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now