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Formatting one PARTITION of a partitioned hard drive?
Old 26th April 2003
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Formatting one PARTITION of a partitioned hard drive?

Check this out, I got a virus and I want to reinstall my windows operating system because the virus is unremovable and undeletable and it hangs my system all the time. Is there any way I can format only the C: partition of a single hard drive with 2 partitions? Know this is kinda out there but I could use your help. Thanks
Old 27th April 2003
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Yeah, depends on what version of windows and what format you want the hd.

You can boot in with a floppy, run format.com on the C: drive (/s to make it bootable to load 98 back on ) if its fat32, or if you are going to reload windows anyways and its 2000/XP just boot off the cd and delete the c partition and recreate it and format/install on it.
Old 28th April 2003
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Hey, just so you all know, mark is far beyond guru when it comes to windows machienes.

Good to have ya around bud!
Old 28th April 2003
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heh, well its nice to try to contribute to this wonderful community, since I learn so much from reading posts here.
Old 28th April 2003
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If you run Windows XP, you should be able to reformat your C: drive right from the WinSetup screens while re-installing XP.
Old 28th April 2003
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What virus is unremovable?

If you boot from a CLEAN floppy and run a diagnostic it should be able to track down and remove any known virii...as any infected files will not have a chance to load into memory.

Norton makes a free, DOS based scanner that is constantly updated and able to fit on a floppy alongside your basic command.com/config.sys files. I believe its called NAVC.

You might want to obtain your boot floppy and virus software from a DIFFERENT computer though...a nasty enough virus could be infecting things you download - ESPECIALLY antiviral software.
Old 30th April 2003
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If you are installing Linux, or NT or 2000, or XP, you can
tell it to reformat the C: drive as it does the install.

You could also get a copy of Partition Magic, which is
a wonderful tool. It does all sorts of stuff with
disks, including making partitions for all
Redmondian O/S and Linux. Resizing without
losing data, etc.
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