Windows® 98 Hard Drive Format
How to format hard drive in Windows® 98 desktop?
Formatting of hard drive means erasing all the data on the hard drive including the partitions. It is mostly performed if the hard drive is infected with Trojans or viruses, has lost its partitions or for recovering logical bad sectors. The formatting totally rewrites the clusters of the hard drive. It is also performed when you reinstall your PC with new operating system, however, one thing needs to be noted that it is the last resort to overcome a problem.
The following tool and commands can be used for formatting the hard drive in Windows® 98:
- Using startup disk (Fdisk Tool)
- Windows® 98 bootable CD
- Connecting hard drive with other computer
Using startup disk (Fdisk Tool)
Although Windows® 95 and Windows® 98 ask the user for creating the startup disk, but most users do not accept it. If you do not have the startup disk (floppy disk), you can create by placing a floppy disk in floppy drive, and then go to Control Panel from Start menu or My computer, ‘select’ Add/Remove Program and ‘click’ Create disk on the startup disk tab and restart your computer it will prompt you to Dos prompt, you can format the drive by typing ‘Format C:s’, it will prompt for the permission which can be granted by pressing ‘Enter’. If you have more than one partition in your PC, then you have to use different method, type ‘fdisk’, it will prompt a screen with five options i.e. Create Dos partition or logical Dos drive, Set Active Partition, Delete Partition or Logical Dos drive, Display partition information and Change current fixed drive. Here you can select the third option and delete the partitions. Now you can create new partitions by selecting first option. The system will be restarted and then you can follow the earlier steps to format the drive with the help of startup disk.
Windows® 98 bootable CD
The bootable Windows® 98 CD can also help you to format the hard drive in much easier way. After inserting the bootable CD it will prompt with Start Computer with or without CD ROM support, choose first option if you already have formatted it, and if it still needs to be formatted and repartitioned then the second option will be the most suitable.
If you have the option to connect hard drive of your PC with other computer then it will minimize most of the steps which have already been discussed. However, it is more technical in terms of connecting it with other computer because the jumper settings of hard disk may be needed to change to make it the slave drive. After making it slave all the partitions will appear in My Computer folder and you can format the drives by right ‘clicking’ at the drive Icon, selecting format option, and selecting FAT system, ‘press’ Start, the formatting will be done. You can format all the partitions one by one and easily.