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Old September 21st, 2004, 12:48 AM
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Question Can't format Linux

I cannot format my hard drive under linux. I have inserted several boot floppies and I get an error that the C: drive is an invalid media specification. I managed to get to the command prompt once with my Windows 98 boot floppy but it told me that the format c: and the fdisk were invalid commands. Can anyone help me?

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AJ

P.S This is on my IBM laptop that can only have either the floppy drive or DVD drive in at a time.
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Old September 21st, 2004, 12:51 AM
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If you are planning to reinstall linux, or install windows you can boot from a linux or windows cd and use there formating utility to install the OS

What are you planning on doing after you format?

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Old September 21st, 2004, 01:05 AM
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I was planning to use Windows 2000. I have tried reinstalling Linux and it dosent help. I have also tried using the install for Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP Professional but none of them want to install either.

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Old September 21st, 2004, 02:55 AM
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You need a DOS boot disk with the FDISK and FORMAT programs on it. maybe this site can help you create one:

http://www.bootdisk.com/
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Old September 21st, 2004, 12:47 PM
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Hi there RSSlave
Take a look at this recent thread of Brownfan's - we went through pretty much the same exercise (and more)...

http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/...ad.php?t=46082
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Old September 21st, 2004, 11:27 PM
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Thanks for your quick replies. I have gotten my Windows 98SE boot disk to install but all I get now is the Linux boot screen and it says it needs to be repaired. I attempt to ok the repair due to nothing except DOS working but I get a screen filled with the letter "y" down the left side and that is it. Any suggestions on what that is or how I can access the Windows 98 that "installed" on it?

Thanks again,
AJ

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Old September 22nd, 2004, 11:14 PM
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Just a quick update on my status.

Thanks to everyone for being so helpful. A special thanks to modmidget for recommending www.bootdisk.com That site helped me download a bootdisk that worked perfectly.

Many Thanks,
AJ
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 02:53 AM
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You're welcome. Glad I could help.
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