I am having trouble formatting my hard drive (C: Partition). I have 3 partitions set up and am trying to format C: only. I had moved something around and the File structure is now jacked up. I need to format C:, which only runs XP. Problem with this is, you can't go to your command prompt and type format after the C: prompt. I need to get to a dos prompt before windows starts, and can't remember how. I have consulted my mobo manual and have halted startup but still can't get to a dos prompt. I also booted from XP CD to do the recovery thing, and that didn't work, then tried doing just a clean install. But the problem now is that the CD says it can't find an active Hard Drive. WHat can go wrong with my computer will go wrong.
I don't have a floppy drive, but do have rewriteable CD's and a flash drive.
I need to know what's the easiest and most efficient way to format the C: partition and redo the whole thing. I do have 2 other Hard drives that are Western DIgital Raptors that I have raided solely for the purpose for having my games on them. I'm sure I'll have to end up reinstalling all my programs on D: and games on G: also since in a perfect world, a PC would actually do something right and now glitch or make me want to throw a $2000 + machine into an oncoming 18 wheeler down Interstate 40.
The scene on Office Space where they take the printer out to the open field and smash it with a baseball bat also comes to mind.
Thanks for any info!