Formatting C:

Posted on 2003-03-02
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I know how to format my c: drive but the question I would like to ask is this:

After formatting the C: drive to clear the hard drive how can I delete the files that still sits in my computer?  Like the files that would be used for restoring?  Does that make sense?

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Follow this procedure and there won't be anything left on the partition(s)

Download a boot disk from www.bootdisk.com and boot on it
FDISK /mbr
FDISK and remove the partition(s)
recreate the partition(s)
Reboot on the boot disk

FDISK /mbr rewrites the boot sector of your hard drive.  This is good just in case you may have some boot sector corruption due to virus or some other foe.
Removing the partition(s) is option 3 in FDISK I believe.  this guarantees that you will not have any leftovers from the old installation.
Recreating the partitions is option 1.  You should be able to only create one partition and make sure you chose large disk support when you started FDISK if you have a drive larger than 2G.
FORMAT C: formats the drive as you already know.  There is no need to put /s on it since that will be taken care of by the 98 installation.
You create a CABS directory on your hard drive and put the installation files there for faster and easier installation.  It is also quite easier when you need to add hardware or make config changes.
SETUP starts the Win98 installation.
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when you format a drive (or a partition of a drive), all data is removed...except if you partition is and use the parameter to install system files (FORMAT/s C:  as an example)

what exactly is going on, or what is it you are needing?
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When you format your C drive, the only files left may be some boot records. Why would you want to delete these files? They are not personal information.
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>>After formatting the C: drive to clear the hard drive how can I delete the files that still sits in my computer

After formatting the files, only the file system data and boot record will be there (as said by war1) and you cannot delete it seperately.

But you can delete the partition and have a free unallocated space, which is useless.


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First of all you cannot format c: by booting in c:..

So you sould have formated the drive by booing it from a floppy or any other primary partition!

SO if you had partitioned a drive there will be no files left in that drive unless you have provided the "format /s" option!
The only files that remain in the c: after format /s command are, msdos.sys, io.sys, command.com. To clear the files just set all the file attributes to normal using,

attrib -r -h -s *.*

Then use del *.* command and clear all the files!

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Thanks for all of your help....
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