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how can i reformat my hard drive but allow my system to still boot up
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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
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