Reformatting hard drive

Posted on 1998-07-01
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Last Modified: 2010-04-27
After reading the thread about reformatting, I still have a question. My computer is currently running and I would like to get rid a lot of hidden and uneccessary files from a couple years of surfing and other data. I would like to erase all information on disk at all levels and re-install operating system and graphic programs such as photoshop, illustrator and quark. I run win95 on a 200mhz pentium ii with 64 megs ram. I have all data files backed up. Want to erase everything. Unretreivable. totally clean.
Question by:ttross

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Jez earned 50 total points
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Use Fdisk.. Drop to DOSMode... not shell... run FDISK... delete all partitions... before hand bake sure you make a boot disk with fdisk and format on them... then blow every think away...

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Make sure that before you format that your boot disk has all essential files you might need on it..such as your cdrom driver, an autoexec.bat config.sys, etc.  Dont wipe everything until you got your basics that will allow you to reinstall software off the CD-Rom...cuz otherwise, good luck getting an operating system onto the hard drive without a cdrom driver.

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i need details! how do i make a boot disk? where do i copy the drivers im using for my graphics card, cdrom, sound card, monitor etc....
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In "My Computer" right click on A: drive, select "format". There will be a check box to indicate you want to copy the system files. Select this box. Then continue to format the disk in drive a:. What type of CDROM do you have? You will need to make an Autoecxec.bat file and Config.sys. If you let me know, I'll post an example autoexec.bat and Config.sys and where to place them...

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Are you installing Windows 95 from cd?

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Could you send an example of an autoexec.bat and config.sys for win95
prior to reformatting HD or where I might get this info as jmcdell mentions in question 10060987.  Thanks, Jim

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