I've tried all ways to get around this but have come to a halt. Using the boot disk to format c: returns the message as titled above and inserting the Windows XP CDROM to format won't work either as it won't format the drive due to "temporary installation files" being needed to install ? Can anyone direct me to a thread that can help please or can reply directly ?
I'm running a quite new system, 2.8mhz processor, 120gig HDD,256 DDR, replacing XP home with XP Pro.
I used a windows 98 boot disk to get into DOS mode, then typed format c: which as I said gave me the error message; "unable to format a networked drive" I wonder if it's worth trying to remove the partition using a suitable program. Then it may work ?
The PC was bought from a company "as new" by my brother & when I went to help him fix it (clean it up) I found quite a bit of stuff that told me it had been previously used so maybe they sold the PC that had been used in an office ? and therefore has a networked HDD ? Thanks for the links, I found them very useful but the IBM - WIPE/ZAP d/l's aren't there unfortunately. It looks like I need a Windows ME boot disk that incorperates "delpart.exe" so I can run FDISK & delete the partition. I'll go to BOOTDISK.com & see if I can grab it.
I managed to format using a windows ME boot disk which has the upgraded BIOS & used fdisk to format. I want to thank you all for your kind help, it just goes to show how invaluable these forums are 8-)
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