using DOS to format hard drive

  DOUGIET 09:14 03 Jan 2004

How do I enter DOS on start up, before xp loads up, so that I can format my hard drive, I cannot use a start up disk as I do not have a floppy drive, and copying a start up disk to CD didnt work.

  Gongoozler 09:22 03 Jan 2004

Hi DOUGIET. I just don't understand why computer builders don't fit floppy drives - except for laptops. If you have the space for one, then you can get a floppy drive for £5 from EBuyer click here, or about £10 from your local computer store.

  User-312386 09:29 03 Jan 2004

you dont need to enter dos at all in XP to format HDD

Start the computer and start tapping the delete key.

You will now be in the BIOS. When here, look at the boot sequence and change it so the CD DRIVE(cd-rw) is the 1st boot. Now click on exit and save changes.

Now pop in the XP disc and it will format your Hard drive for you.

  goonerbill 11:33 03 Jan 2004

as madboy33©® said, go into bios on booting up ( usually by pressing DEL key, bottom right ) look through the options and find the boot sequence ( will be set to hhd 0 ) and change to cr-rom. save setting and reboot. XP will now boot from the cd and you will be able to reformat and partition if you like as well.

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