For many of us, formatting drives are a task were not willing to tackle. Sometimes, trying to format drive through windows is as complicated as manually optimizing your registry. So instead of looking for programs that do it for you, there are ways that this can be done in DOS mode. Which will save time, and brainpower.
The first step would be to make a startup floppy. (Since some OSs like Win 2000 or XP dont allow you access to dos mode.) This can be done the same way you format a floppy. Simply right-click on the disk icon in the My Computer folder, then select Format
In there, should be the option of Quick (Erase), Full, and Copy system files only (If youre disk is already empty.) Now if youre disk has stuff youre trying to get rid of, select the Full or Quick (Erase) option, then at the bottom, click the Copy system files check box. Press the Start button, and in minutes, youll have a working startup disk.
(Keep in mind that you need the file FORMAT.COM in the disk for this process to take effect. To download this file, Click Here.)
Now if your CMOS settings are already set to seek the floppy disk first, you shouldnt have a problem. Simply restart you computer when the process is done.
After that, It should have started up through drive A:\>
. So there should be something that looks like this:
Now after that, simply type:
(This really depends on the drive you want to Format, so Im only using drive D: as an example.)
And press <ENTER>
. That should begin the formatting process.
After the process is complete, there will be an option prompting you to label (name) the disk. (This is optional.) After that, press enter. And you now have a completely empty Drive.
Feel free to contact me if you have any formatting issues