New drives usaully have a disk supplied with the drive that will format the drive for you:
However if you use a normal bootdisk you will have to use FDISK to create and enable an 'ACTIVE' Patition before you can format the drive. If you are loading say Win98 from a CD you do not need to do format/s just format will do. Then bootup on the dootdisc with the CD enabled then 'Setup' <enter> Good Luck
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