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  1. #1
    Dobs
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    Default Format Hard Drive Error

    Trying to format the hard drive on a system with windows 98. I restart in MS-DOS mode and proceed with format. However when it is checking existing disk format it gets to 73% completed then the computer displays the following; "Not Ready Format Terminated".
    I have tried several times but can't get past the same point. Has anyone have any suggestion what is causing the termination and not letting me format the hard drive.
    Thanks.

  2. #2
    tweak\'e
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    Default Re: Format Hard Drive Error

    boot up useing a boot disk (floppy) as you cannot format c: while you are useing it.

    also why are you trying to format it?

  3. #3
    Dobs
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    Default Re: Format Hard Drive Error

    Computer being passed down to kids that
    now crashes a lot, stuff that has been incorrectly deleted over the years and is full of a lot junk. Thought it would be good to start afresh.

  4. #4
    andy
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    Default Re: Format Hard Drive Error

    As tweak e says, boot from a floppy. I don't think this is actually necessary but it could help. Use the command "Format c: /u" This does an unconditional format and stops DOS trying to save any unformat info.
    Regards,
    andy

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