format c: drive

  maltose 18:19 14 Aug 2006

I am donating my old Windows 95 desk top to charity. I want to make access to my data difficult by formatting the hard drive but a pop up window tells me this cannot be done because windows is using files on that drive. Do you have any advice? The machine is in the garage and therefore offline. If the solution is to download a programme I can use my new PC to a floppy.

  Diodorus Siculus 18:34 14 Aug 2006

Get a windows boot disk from, for example, click here and start the PC with it in the drive; when you see

A:>\ type

format c:

and press enter.

  maltose 19:57 14 Aug 2006

thanks DS, your idea set me off. However, I did it by restarting my Windows 95 in MSDOS mode. Going to a: (with a floppy in it) and then formatting c:. It seems to have worked in as much the computer now tells me I have the wrong disc when I try to start it. thanks again

  Diodorus Siculus 20:17 14 Aug 2006

Same thing really - just a different way of getting there :-)

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