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I dont have the money to pay for someone to do it so, I was wondering how you format a hard drive because every day my computer has a new problem and I am sick of fixing them. I am running win95 and I want to upgrade to 98 but I want to erase the c: drive. What should I save on diskette or write down. If someone could help me it could be a huge help.
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Here's the set of instructions I send out when people ask where I work.  

How to fdisk, format, and load Windows 95/98

1. Make sure you have either a Windows startup disk or a bootable floppy disk with the following files on it:

Command.com
Msdos.sys
Io.sys
Format.com
Fdisk.com
Edit.com
Mscdex.exe


2. With the system OFF, put the floppy or startup disk in the a: drive, and turn the computer on.

3. At the A:\> prompt, type   fdisk   and press Enter.

4. Choose yes to enable large hard disk support

5. Choose #1 (create primary dos partition)

6. Choose to make it active.

7. When prompted, hit escape to exit fdisk.

8. Reboot the system

9. When it comes to the A:\> prompt, type    format c:/s    and press enter.

10. When it warns you of losing all data on the hard disk, choose yes to proceed.

11. When format is done, it will ask for a volume label.  Hit enter to skip, or type in a name for the hard drive, and press enter.

12. Reboot the system with the disk still in the floppy drive.

13. At the A:\> prompt, type    copy mscdex.exe c:    and press enter.

14. Remove the floppy disk, and insert the disk marked CD rom setup.

15. Type the command to setup the CD rom drive (for Mitsumi drives, it would be     setupd     )    and press enter.  Follow the onscreen prompts to finish setting up your CD rom drive.
 
16. Remove disk and reboot system.  

17. System will come up to C:\> prompt.  Type the letter   D    to switch to the D drive.

18. Insert your Windows 95/98 CD rom into the drive, and type setup at the D:\> prompt.

19. Follow the onscreen prompts, menus, and choices to set up Windows on your system.

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