Format HDDs without an OS

  Digital 13:19 28 Nov 09
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Can anyone recommend any software that I can use to reformat HDDs in an old PC that has no operating system in it,please?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:56 28 Nov 09

What format do you wish to use?
FAT32 or NTFS?

If fat use a DOS Disk If NTFS do you have a XP CD?

  mgmcc 14:00 28 Nov 09

If the PC has a floppy disk drive, you could boot with a Windows 98 "boot floppy" and format the drive. You can download the disk from click here but need a working PC with a floppy drive to create the disk.

A Windows installation disk, if you have one, will also format the hard drive.

  ashdav 14:02 28 Nov 09
  Digital 17:04 28 Nov 09

Thanks Fruit Bat. Which format doesn't matter at this stage, I do have an XP disc, can I somehow use that then?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:14 28 Nov 09

Yes , run setup let it find the partition and then format the partition after formating just cancel XP setup.

click here

  bremner 17:17 28 Nov 09

Just in case you are assuming that a format will wipe the data it will not.

  Digital 17:35 28 Nov 09

Thanks Fruit Bat, I'll use the XP method, thanks too bremner for the caution note.

  Digital 16:29 29 Nov 09

Thanks again Fruit Bat, that worked a treat! Thanks also to ashdav & mgmcc.

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