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I am trying to reformat my hard drive but when I try to windows tells me that I cant because C drive contains files in use by Windows. I do not know how to re-install Windows as I had to get someone else to do this as I am a newbie!
I have a CD-RW that I can back up to and I also have a 1-gig SCSI hard drive waiting to go into my machine but I dont want to put windows on it!  Idealy I would like to COMPLEATLY clear my existing 4.3 hard drive and then partition it so I can keep better control of it!
CAN ANYONE HELP?
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Bob,
First, backup your important files.
Then, you need to create a bootable floppy disk with your CD-ROM drivers on it.
Using FDISK and FORMAT, you can then partition and format the drive as you wish.
When that's done, you run setup from the Windows CD to imstall.
Let me know what details you need, and I can step you through it.
Regards,
Ralph
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Also, How can I partition my drive if it is 4.3 gig,  does this not mean that it is FAT32 and cant be partitioned?

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FAT32 is an option if you have a recent release of Win95 or 98.
It can partition the drive's full capacity into a single partition if you wish.
Early Win95 (before OSR2) does not have FAT32, so using FAT16, your partition size will be limited to approximately 2GB each.
Run FDISK, and if it asks you if you want large disk support (FAT32), then you know it's available.
Let me know what you want to do.
Ralph
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