Reformatting

I would love to have a detailed guide on how to start and what to expect when i start to reformat my computers Hard drive.
Eg, HTML guides or anything along those lines.

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Nano, the following will walk you through the entire process beginning with repartitioning of the hard drive it that is necessary. If it is not, you can skip right to the format and reload section.
Dennis
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To prepare the hard drive.

1.      Using a new floppy, create a Win98 Startup Boot Disk via add/remove programs. All of the files you need will be on this disk except two, Edit.com and EMM386.exe. You may need these in the event that you need to edit a file during the process or enable upper memory. Use Find, Files and Folders and them to your startup floppy.

2. Next, at the MSDos prompt A:\> type Fdisk<enter>.

The first question asked will be:

"Do you wish to enable large disk support?

Answer YES if you want Fat 32, and NO if you want Fat16. Fat 32 is more efficient and supports drive sizes up to two terrabytes, which Fat 16 has a 2G drive size limitation.

DESCRIPTIONS OF WHAT YOU WILL SEE:
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Answering either "Y" or "N" will bring you to the dos fdisk menu. As you can see, you have several choices, you can:

.. Create a partition or logical drive.
.. Set the active partition.
.. Delete a partition of logical drive.
.. Display partition information.

On systems with multiple hard drives, there will be another choice added to the list:

.. Change current fixed disk drive.

.. Create a partition or logical drive.

This option enables you to set a new partition (including size) on a hard drive that either is new and has never been partitioned or one that has had it's partition removed with the third option noted above.

.. Set the active partition.

Once a drive has been partitioned, this option will enable you to make it active and therefore bootable. As an example, you could partition one hard drive into several partitions, let's say as Drive "C", "D" and "E", after which you would set "C" as the active bootable partition.

.. Delete a partition of logical drive.

This option allows you to remove partition(s) as well as logical drives. In the example above, "C" would be the primary partition and drives "D" and "E" would be logical drives.

.. Display partition information.

This option allows you to see what existing partitions are on a hard drive.

.. Change current fixed disk drive.

In systems with multiple hard drives, this option allows you to choose which hard drive you want to work with.

As noted above, when you first start Fdisk, you will be given a choice whether or not you want enable large hard disk support. If you choose NO or (N), the system will default to Fat 16. If you choose YES (Y), the system will default to Fat 32.

Start Fdisk as noted above, and choose (Y) for LBA and review the partition information.

3. Now choose ". Delete a partition of logical drive" and follow the prompts to delete the partitions that exist.

4. Now go back to the original menu by touching the ESC key and then choose ". Create a partition or logical drive"

At this point, depending on your hard drive size, you can choose any size you wish for the partitions and then follow the procedures. This will default to drive "C" and make sure that you make this partition ACTIVE.

As an example, let's say I had an 8G hard drive and wanted 3 partitions, the small window or choice area will default to the entire drive size of 8G, just change the numbers to what you need. In this sample, I could make that partition 4G by typing 4000 and it will default to 4001.

Once this is made active, use the ESC key and create the next partition (logical drive) and make it the size you want, which will be a logical drive (drive "D"). Repeat the procedure for the final partition.

When you are done with the partitioning, reboot the system to the floppy.

5. Now you're ready to format the drive and transfer the basic system files.

At the MSDos prompt A:> type "FORMAT C:/S" without quotes and touch the enter key. It will look like this:

A:\>FORMAT C:/S

A message will come up alerting you to the fact that if you proceed, all existing data on the hard drive will be erased. Acknowledge the message and proceed with the format.

Once the format has completed, you can either format the other partitions or leave them as is.

Now reboot to the Win98 Startup disk again and choose "With CD Rom support" and your ready to install Win98.

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