formatting a western digital HD

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    formatting a western digital HD

    ok im sort of putting togethor an old computer just for fun. im pretty much finished but the hard drive im using was in anohter computer i just took it out and plopped it in this one. it has windows on it but everything on it is messed up mainly cause the hardware i have is not what it has drivers for and isntead of going through all this crap to make windows start correctly i decided it would be best to format it

    i tried westerndigital.com i couldnt find a format tool. anyone know how i can get a hold of one that i can run off a disk?
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    Most operating system installers are capable of formatting a hard disk (any version of windows after 95, I believe, freebsd and many linux distros), and considering a blank disk isn't very useful, you might as well use an operating system installer.

    Failing that, use fdisk, or a large magnet.

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    if i use a magnet it wont like damage it will it? hehe

    and is fdisk a dos console command right?
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    alright it has 95 on it how can i start it so i can type in dos commands? and work in the console i tried holding f5 i tried holding lots of stuff
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    western digital does have a hard drive tool that you boot from a floppy, you can download it at their website;


    The downside is that the tool uses Caldera DR DOS; and we all know how much everybody wants to show their support for SCO
    -486SX-20
    -Some random Debian Distro
    -Some version of MS-Dos
    -Day of the Tentacle

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    i looked thru the site i couldnt find it.... maybe some help?
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    I must say that if you don't know how to format a drive, maybe you aren't the best person to be installing the OS and heck even building the computer.

    But get your hands on a win98 boot disk. It comes with fdisk and format.

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    i had all this $$$$ actually from building this computer i had it on disks for times i needed it yadah i put it in the back my closet and it never returned! and caledra dos is a utility i liked to use but i cant seem to find it anywhere :\ but i havent messed with none this crap for atleast a year or 2 ive actually stopped programming to my copmuter mind has gone stupid
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    try here ,,

    saw it in a earlier post www.bootdisk.com

    or else start the win 95 os and make a startup win 95 3.5" disk,
    copy fdisk and format.com onto this system disk.

    Restart , leave 3.5" disk in drive and this should get you to a dos prompt ( If bios is set correctly)

    type format c: /s at the command prompt.

    thats it i think !!

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    i really just need a copy of caldrea dr dos that i can run on a regular floppy disk. i been looking aruond like crazy for a download. does anyone have it or know where i can get it. its apparetnyl not on the site anymore
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    Originally posted by Klinerr1
    i really just need a copy of caldrea dr dos that i can run on a regular floppy disk. i been looking aruond like crazy for a download. does anyone have it or know where i can get it. its apparetnyl not on the site anymore
    I would advise against affiliating yourself with SCO or using their products in any way.
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    well i just know that caledra dr dos works ive used it before to delete and create partitions. i find it fairly easy. im just after doing the same routines i did before when working with this computer originally over the summer.
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    First of all, shouldn't this be a Tech Board thread??

    Secondly: http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

    Click on DOS 6.22 (the first one), download, execute to unzip to floppy. Shutdown your computer, reboot with the floppy in. That should bring up DOS. The floppy will have fdisk and format on it.

    And I must agree with what Thantos said:
    >>I must say that if you don't know how to format a drive, maybe you aren't the best person to be installing the OS and heck even building the computer

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    Originally posted by Brian
    Most operating system installers are capable of formatting a hard disk (any version of windows after 95, I believe, freebsd and many linux distros), and considering a blank disk isn't very useful, you might as well use an operating system installer.

    Failing that, use fdisk, or a large magnet.
    i used fdisk, i deleted the old partition on it htat had windows on it. so i made a new primary partition in its place. but i cant figure out how you assign it to be a fat32 partition... i left the other small dos partition on it. (of course)
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    that's what format is for.....

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