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12-11-2003, 12:16 PM
I tried using an old Windows 95 boot disk to boot into dos, so I can format. But it won't let me, says "invalid drive specification", which i guess is because my hdd is NTFS. I have formatted once before but I can't remember how i did it! can anyone help?

12-11-2003, 12:20 PM
Boot directly to your WinXP CD, then choose the option to do a clean install. Then it will give you an option to format your hard drive.

Otherwise a program like Partition Magic would probably do the trick (although I've never personally used it).

12-11-2003, 07:47 PM
thanks somebody (haha), i didn't realise you had to go so far into that set up program.

12-11-2003, 09:04 PM
More guesswork

Use MS FDISK to remove the non-DOS partition(s), repartition, restart and then format.

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