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HD format I have several HDs from dell optiplex pcs. If I can't boot then I can't format so where do I put the HD to be able to format it. I'm guessing maybe another computer ?? How's this,,make it a slave in another computer,format it and return it to my Dell optiplex as a master. Like I say I'm guessing. You tell me,,how do I do it ??

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Re: HD format

Hi, Your idea is basically correct. Other alternatives are: 1. Boot from and run Basic MS-DOS or FreeDOS with disk utilities in the FDD of the PC where the HD(s) installed. Set to boot first in FDD in the CMOS/BIOS; 2. Run MS-DOS or FreeDOS with disk utilities in a CD in the CD ROM of the PC where the HD(s) installed. Set to boot first in FDD in the CMOS/BIOS; 3. Use an external enclosure to connect the IDE & power connections of the HDs to a USB port of another working Windows PC. Is is similar to your idea but you need not open up the 2nd PC nut would require the interface device. Hope this be of some help/idea. post back how things turn up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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