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How do i format my hard drive on my old compaq 686 465mhz machine running xp sp2.Cant seem to get it to recognize f11, or other keys to get it to system prompt outside of windows.

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This link will take you to Dell there you can make a boot disk you might have to change boot order to floppy drive first. This disk will give you the option to format fat32 or NTSF. Run fdisk to check the how your disk is partitioned.

http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?s=gen&c=us&l=en&cs=&k=boot+disk&cat=sup

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