format c

Posted on 2006-06-25
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
using a boot disk I'm now in dos.........format c:\ not doing it for me, what am i missing?  besides a brain!
Question by:woodendude
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ID: 16978462
you need the format program on the boot disk
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ID: 16978471
format c: /s
spacing is important.
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Expert Comment

ID: 16978492
type dir /p this will show you all the files on the floppy.
To be able to farmat, the disk must be partitioned first, you need to do fdisk first.
When that is done, type format C: (no slash)
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NorwegianCoder earned 100 total points
ID: 16979756
Most likely the format.exe program is not loaded into the memory, or is simply not located on the boot disk.

First of all, type:

dir /w /p

Try and see if you can find a file called format.exe. If you can locate it, you can type
format c: /S

If this doesn't work, you will need a new boot disk. There are many bootdisks located at If you only need to format your harddrive, you should download a DOS 6.22 bootdisk from

Hope this has helped you out.

Author Comment

ID: 16980455
there was no format exe on the boot disc, bootdisc. com had what I needed...Thanx.

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Expert Comment

ID: 16980459
The first thing that must be done is to partition the disk using fdisk.

Are you actually using DOS or a version of Windows?  The OS matters greatly.  Post back with hard disk size and OS version.

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