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Old 07-31-2005, 09:08 PM
don ward
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Default command prompt to format C drive ?

Got a senior moment ... welll how about day ...
what is the line command in safe mode to reformat the C drive its all
corrupted and i just want to start over with new os and files
thanks

dnw

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Old 07-31-2005, 10:08 PM
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Default Re: command prompt to format C drive ?

On Sun, 31 Jul 2005 21:08:34 GMT, don ward
<dward7@earthlink.net> wrote:

>Got a senior moment ... welll how about day ...
>what is the line command in safe mode to reformat the C drive its all
>corrupted and i just want to start over with new os and files
>thanks
>
>dnw


Safe mode is still running Windows. You can't format a
partition which the OS is running on (fortunately).

I would wonder why it's all corrupted and resolve that
problem before reinstalling windows. Perhaps you already
know why, but if not, it might be good to run some tests
like a memory test, CPU stress (like Prime95), HDD
manufacturer's utility disc.

If you boot the Windows CD (or OEM CD for an OEM factory
configured box), you should be able to clear the partition
or (same thing) overwrite it with the new OEM factory
partition image.

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Old 07-31-2005, 10:33 PM
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Default Re: command prompt to format C drive ?

On Sun, 31 Jul 2005 21:08:34 GMT, don ward wrote:

> Got a senior moment ... welll how about day ...
> what is the line command in safe mode to reformat the C drive its all
> corrupted and i just want to start over with new os and files
> thanks
>
> dnw


I'm not sure if thats posible if your windows is installed on C:
Instead of that, boot sistem from windows xp cd and enter recovery console

when you are in console type: format /?
that will display the help options

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Old 08-01-2005, 03:47 PM
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Default Re: command prompt to format C drive ?

"don ward" <dward7@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Got a senior moment ... welll how about day ...
> what is the line command in safe mode to reformat the C drive its all
> corrupted and i just want to start over with new os and files
> thanks


Firstly, how did it get corrupted? If the drive is on the way out, then
there is no point as your data will corrupt again, but otherwise, boot to a
DOS prompt, not safe mode windows and type:

Format C:\ /q

The 'C:' is the drive letter and the '\q' means quick - it only takes a few
seconds as opposed to 5 minutes!



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