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Want to format c drive from window 98 cd using dos?

I dont have access to my c drive because of suspected corrupted master boot record... i dont no to use fdisk command from windows 98 cd!!!! Can you help me please.... *VINCE* THANKS!!!

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  • Vince Talbot
    Vince Talbot Dec 09, 2008

    from d drive,command is not valid why????

  • Vince Talbot
    Vince Talbot Dec 09, 2008

    trying to format c drive using windows 98 installation cd. From d prompt format command wont work *VINCE*

  • Vince Talbot
    Vince Talbot Dec 09, 2008

    what about fdisk command that is on windows bootable floppy???

  • Vince Talbot
    Vince Talbot Dec 09, 2008

    woud it help whit master boot record problem as my bios is detecting my c drive. The command fdisk is working but they said readind error from harddisk

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Boot pc in command prompt.....and type format c: /f

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I used active kill to format my hard disk and now when i want to install a windows it doesnot show. what should i do???


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Have a virus in the harddrive nothing of importance on computer I would like to format harddrive .I have another xp cd to use need instuction on how to do this please help


What I am about to tell you is not a normal solution. If you don't have anti virus to use to clear the virus out or access to another computer to get something like "Stinger" from McAfee you can format and install the OS again but if you don't do it just right the virus will just put itself back in. This assumes you don't want to save any information on the drive whatsoever. Get a DOS boot disk from another computer and write protect it. Remove the battery from the laptop and connect the power cord. Insert and boot the computer from your DOS boot disk. I prefer to use "Knoppix" for this procedure because it is a Linux based OS that runs from the CD Drive and is Free. Cost about $3 at a used book store if you get a book with it. Using the DOS disk once the computer is booted switch to the C drive and type "part" or "fpart" this should bring up the DOS partitioning tool. Select the option to remove all partitions. Once complete reboot the computer using the DOS disk. Now Format the drive using "format c:" command. Remove the DOS disk and disconnect the power cord once the format is complete. You don't want to power down you just want to pull the cord, this is to stop the Virus from writing itself back to your disk from memory which is what will happen if you use the power button. Plug the cord back in and insert your XP CD in the drive then boot the computer from the XP CD and select to format the Drive in NTSF in the Windows installation process. This should remove all traces of the virus unless it is an MBR virus in which case you will have to get a tool like "Stinger" from McAfee. This tool is free to down load and can be run from a 3 1/2 floppy that is formated as a boot disk. The process will get rid of most viruses but something like 123MBR or any of the other MBR viruses will remain because they write themselves to the Master Boot Record which is the first thing the computer loads once it reads the Drive. These MBR viruses are read into memory when the computer starts which is why that are so hard to get rid of and a simple Format doesn't really touch the upper segments of the Master Boot Record where they reside that is why you had to do a partition in the beginning of the process.

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My western digital hard drive woun't boot up to window it say Disk Boot failure Insert system disk and press enter that all it say, internet hacker really did hurt my hard dive, all i need is a disk with...


system files are corrupt....re-format and install OS....
i your are using WinXP my website can be of some help...
www.sureshayyar.110mb.com
also do this...if ur data in the PC is not critical and u dont mind loosing them..
do a low level format...
http://www.4shared.com/file/gTU7Zdj3/boot-cd-iso.html
get this application from my shared drive and burn a CD...on another machine.....in this laptop ensure boot seq is set to CDrom as 1st boot drive in BIOS...insert the CD in the laptop....with the software u downloaded....power off and power on again....let it boot from the CD... let the DOS application start....use an application called KILLDISK on the left side of the DOS application that comes up...follow onscreen inst....ur disk will be as god as new....have patience...a 20 GB disk will take aprox 1 hr to become clean....a 100 GB disk will take more than 5 hrs...u can then install Windows after formating and partition...
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How do I rebuild the MBR?


Hi,

You will need an XP install CD for this and also set the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device.

  1. Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD... message similar to the one shown above.

  2. Press a key to force the computer to boot from the Windows CD. If you do not press a key, your PC will continue to boot to the Windows XP installation that's currently installed on your hard drive. If this happens, simply reboot and try to boot to the Windows XP CD again.
  3. When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console.
  4. The Recovery Console is now loading but needs to know which Windows installation to access. Most users only have a single Windows XP installation so the choice is usually clear.
    To the Which Windows installation would you like to log onto question, press 1 and then Enter.
  5. The Recovery Console now needs to know the administrator password for this Windows XP installation. Unless you are using a PC in a sizable business network, the administrator password is most likely the same password you use to access Windows XP on a daily basis. To the Type the Administrator password request, enter the password and press Enter.
    Note: If you do not have a password or Windows XP normally starts without asking for one, simply press Enter.
  6. Type fixmbr and then press Enter.
  7. The fixmbr utility will write a master boot record to the hard drive that you're currently using to boot into Windows XP. This will repair any corruption or damage that the master boot record may have.
  8. Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
    Assuming that a corrupt master boot record was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.

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Wiped old PC clean with blanco.installed win xp on old pc got response.turned it off black screen stating, blanco starting_ How do I fix


Blanco is a data cleaner utility that erases everything from a hard drive so data cannot be recovered. Unfortunately, this includes the MBR - or Master Boot Record. The MBR tells the comptuer BIOS how to access the hard drive and use it to boot up.

I would suggest performing a full FORMAT of the hard drive so the MBR will be recreated. If you are installing Windows XP from an install CD, you will be given the option of which drive to install the OS to. Delete all partitions that show up, create a new partition and then choose the Full Format option (not the Quick format).

If you are using a restore disk, you may need to download a boot floppy or CD and format the drive first. Boot to DOS, type in

format c:/

Where C: your hard drive.

You can get a boot disk from...

http://www.bootdisk.com/

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NTLDR is short for NT loader – a program loaded from the hard drive boot sector that displays the Microsoft Windows NT startup menu and helps Microsoft Windows NT load. So when it goes missing for some reason, your windows cannot load.
Cause:
1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
6. New hard disk drive being added.
7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.
if there is attached drive ,remove the drive first before restarting the system if not then if you had access to another computer, copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM which is available from the recovery CD which comes with computer. If you do not have the recovery CD, its available on microsoft site or is available from another computer using the same Operating System (Windows XP ). The location may be C:\i386\ntldr C:\i386\ntdetect.com use a bootable disc to restart the computer (the Win XP bootable CD or Win 98 bootable CD worked). After entering MS DOS mode, copy these 2 files to the C drive in the proper location. After restart, then pressing F10 on start up (used for system recovery ), then start the repair of Windows via system recovery This will reinstalled all Windows drivers and system files, while preserving all data on your computer.

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HI my sons acer travel/mate 6292 has crashed and will not boot up, the screen is black but its stating the NTLDR is missing and asking to press ctrl,alt, and delete to restart, yet when I do this it goes...


Hi tracey,

Cause for the NTLDR missing:
  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
  6. New hard disk drive being added.
  7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
  8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
  9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable. are
Solutions:

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source


Windows XP users
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file

Edit the boot.ini on the root directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows operating system and that the partitions are properly defined. Additional information about the boot.ini can be found on document CH000492.
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If you are getting this error message while you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME running FAT32 please try the below recommendations.
  1. Boot the computer with a Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME bootable diskette.
  2. At the A:\> prompt type:

    sys c: <press enter>

  3. After pressing enter you should receive the "System Transferred" message. Once this has been completed remove the floppy diskette and reboot the computer.
New hard disk drive being added

If you are attempting to add a new hard disk drive to the computer make sure that drive is a blank drive. Adding a new hard disk drive to a computer that already has Windows installed on it may cause the NTLDR error to occur.
If you are unsure if the new drive is blank or not try booting from a bootable diskette and format the new hard disk drive.
Corrupt boot sector / master boot record
It's possible your computer's hard disk drive may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record. These can be repaired through the Microsoft Windows Recovery console by running the fixboot and fixmbr commands.
Additional information and help in getting into the Microsoft Windows Recovery console can be found on document CH000627.

Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP

If you have tried each of the above recommendations that apply to your situation and you continue to experience this issue it is possible you may have a seriously corrupted version of Microsoft Windows. Therefore we would recommend you reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
If you are encountering this issue during your setup you may wish to completely erase your computer hard disk drive and all of its existing data and then install Microsoft Windows 2000 / Windows XP. Additional information about erasing the computer and starting over can be found on document CH000186.

Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable
This issue has been known to be caused by a loose or fault IDE/EIDE cable. If the above recommendation does not resolve your issue and your computer hard disk drive is using an IDE or EIDE interface. Verify the computer hard disk drive cable is firmly connected by disconnected and reconnecting the cable.
If the issue continues it is also a possibility that the computer has a faulty cable, try replacing the hard disk drive cable with another cable and/or a new cable.
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C drive formating


The basic fdisk command to repair the mbr is fdisk /mbr. that will replace the mbr but you may have to re-partion reformat and install from scratch. Good Luck

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Installation


You need to use floppy disks (called boot disks) to boot DOS with cd-rom drivers, because the win98 cd isn't bootable by default.

I suggest you to go to http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm and grab the respective windows 98 boot disk.

You will need a functional computer to write the disk image into the floppy.

After that put the boot order in BIOS as floppy first.

Once you see DOS prompt A:\> just access your cd-rom drive like d: or e: and then type install

WaZZie

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Missing or corrupt \system32\hal.dll


You didn't need to replace the hard drive if there is a missing NTLDR file, it just means that the boot sector is missing or corrupt. You can fix it by putting in your WinXP CD, and choosing REPAIR.(This is known as the Recovery Console and it's in DOS just to warn you...) Then you can type the following at the dos prompt: fixmbr - Fixes corrupt master boot record fixboot - Fixes corrupt boot sector bootcfg /rebuild - Fixes corrupt or missing boot.ini

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