Format Drive peoblem Win 98

  dp600 05:55 24 Oct 2007

A friend an an old lap top and wants to format the drive.The problem is it is stuck in dos and there is no letter "A" so can not write format.Any way this can be done .Thank You.

  Diemmess 09:08 24 Oct 2007

Do you mean there is no floppy drive on his computer?

  dp600 09:08 24 Oct 2007

no floppy and cant use the letter A

  Diemmess 09:22 24 Oct 2007

Which OS was installed in happier days, 98SE or earlier and does he have the installation CD and motherboard drivers?

  dp600 09:26 24 Oct 2007

Thanks.Just plain 98 and no drivers thanks

  dp600 09:28 24 Oct 2007

oh and no cd was given to her.

  Diemmess 09:40 24 Oct 2007

OK, depending on the reasons for failure to boot normally, you may be able to avoid having to reformat.
I think you first need to go into the BIOS (Press delete repeatedly after switch-on) and see what is set as first boot device.

Select CDROM as first boot device and HD (Drive0) as second.

A FDD (floppy) should not show anywhere if the Laptop doesn't have a Floppy drive.

Save the changes and exit BIOS it might even boot up normally. It should not get stuck in A:>

I have to go out for the rest of the morning, others will pop up with good ideas, depending on what you can manage to do.

  dp600 09:46 24 Oct 2007

Thanks all for you help.But friend has given up decided it would not have enough memory for the job she wants it to do

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