format not supported on drive c

  bobby-c 11:23 02 Sep 2004

hi i have a maxtor 30gb hdd i need to format it
in dos i type formst c: then it says format not supported on drive c any help please
thanx i will keep looking

  xania 11:29 02 Sep 2004

Are you running DOS is a Window? If so, it will not work. You need to boot straight into DOS - you may get away with closing into DOS. Your format command should then work.

  bobby-c 11:54 02 Sep 2004

i boot it into dos with a win 95 boot disk

  xania 12:01 02 Sep 2004

Hmm! That should work. I assume that you PC was FAT based, not NTFS. Try running FDISK, deleting the existing partitions and then recreating them. You will be forced to reformat when you reboot.

At the same time, you might want to consider creating a smaller (Say 4 GB) primary partition for your operating system and hardware drivers any number of extended partitions to store, say, data, programs, games, etc. Unless you're with XP, you may find it useful to keep space free to store a copy of your installed OS, but you will need a partition manager for this.

  Eric10 12:55 02 Sep 2004

You may be using an early Win95 bootdisk that doesn't understand your new larger hard drive. Get a Win98SE bootdisk from click here and you'll find that it works okay.

Also as xania mentions, if your drive is formatted as NTFS then you can't format it directly from DOS. You need to use FDISK to delete the NON DOS partition and create a new FAT32 partition before you can format it. You are best advised to use a Win98SE boot disk for this also.

  Micro-Man 13:14 02 Sep 2004

You need to run these commands from the A:\ prompt. Then you can type format c: (or format C: /s if you want to add system files).

See click here for more details.

  bobby-c 21:15 04 Sep 2004

thanx guys
i have tried a win 98 se boot disk now the drive is not recognised i have even swapped the jumper and left it off still not recognised
any help thanx

  R4 21:28 04 Sep 2004

Try running Fdisk and create an active Partition or make the whole disk wn active partions then format

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