Posted on 2001-06-21
I'm paying the price for not paying attention when I was learning dos/hardware a decade ago. I played around with Partition Magic on my win95 home pc (Pentium 133) and it crashed (get the message "invalid system disk" when I reboot) My pc has two physical hard drives, the first (3 G) was partioned equally to C, E and F. The second (1.3 G), where i backed up all the data files is on D.
I used my rescue Floppy disk to reboot the pc. The C drive is stuffed, there's nothing in the windows directory so I have to reformat C which is ok since I have the data backed up on D.
The floppy disk has config.sys, format.com and fdisk.exe etc, and I have the win95 cd.
Do I have enough to rebuild/reformat C?
I've tried the following but havent got anywhere.
1) reboot pc using floppy in A
2) run fdisk
3) tried to reformat c by first removing logical drives and extended partitions (E and F). I dont think I did that right because even though a message says 3000 MB space available, only 1000 MB shows in lone partition C
4) tried "format c:" and "format c:/s". Didn't work, pc just hangs. On reboot, there's still files and directories etc on C so the format didnt work.
5) A friend suggested the above and also mentioned CMOS. Heard about it but cant remember how to get to it/use it
Can someone provide idiot proof, step by step instructions (that someone off the street can follow!) to rebuild my pc (just dont touch drive D). And, as I have the win95 cd is there a way I can make my CD rom bootable? If so, does that mean I can recover future system crashes easily by just rebooting with this CD.