windows 98se reformatting-help needed

  caro456 21:38 05 Aug 06

I need to reformat an old computer running 98se. I have done this before, several times, but now each time I start with the boot disk in the floppy drive, I get the message "searching for boot record from floppy..." and then windows continues to load. I have 2 boot disks from mesh, another boot disk supplied with windows and have just downloaded and copied to a new floppy from All give the same response. Does anyone have any ideas? What else can I try?

  woodchip 21:55 05 Aug 06

The one you downloaded from It's no good just putting the file on a floppy and hoping it's going to work, It will not. Put a blank disc in the comp the double click on the one you downloaded to create the boot disc. Start with the disc let it go to A:\> then type

Format C: press enter

  namtas 21:56 05 Aug 06
  phono 22:12 05 Aug 06

Is the floppy drive definitely working okay?

  caro456 22:22 05 Aug 06

I dont think it is. Have tried namtas link and couldn't create a disk using the add/remove program facility, it just kept prompting me for a disk and eventually froze. So I put in a disk that I know is Ok and contains some files and after a strange whirring noise I get the message A:\ is not accessible
The device is not ready
Is there a way to reformat without the floppy drive? If so for all I use it I may not even bother replacing it.

  phono 22:27 05 Aug 06

A bootable CD such as BARTPE click here , UBCD click here or EBCD click here should be able to help you with a reformat

  caro456 22:28 05 Aug 06

Thanx phono, I will try one of those.

  phono 22:29 05 Aug 06

No problem, let us know how you get on.

  Wak 10:34 06 Aug 06

Does this help??

click here

Reinstalling info is near the bottom of the list.

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