Originally posted by Dr Nick
I am building a new computer and using an old hard drive for the OS. The hard drive is in my old comuter wich works a little bit. Can i format the drive from the MSDOS platform and if so how can i get there from startup? My other option is to take the drive out and put it in my computer but i really don't want to do that. Once im in msdos all i need to do is type format C: right?
You can't format from the drive you are working on, I think that's where you're getting confused. If you're in windows and go to run, and type CMD, you're in the DOS shell, but you're still on your C drive. And you can't format C from C, make sense?
So you need some other kindof of bootable media that you can run DOS from, then do the Format C: