Format problem!

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    Format problem!

    Everytime i try to format my c drive.
    i will type like this -> format c:

    But it will give me a msg like this:

    Drive c:IS currently in use by another process
    Aborting format.


    Any solution,guys?

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    Did you boot up the OS that exists on your c drive? If so you need to do something like boot up from a dos floppy and then reformat the hd.
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    I just go to the OS and type the command only
    how should i boot up the os that the one which exists in my c drives?

    if i want to boot up from a dos floppy and then reformat the hd.
    how should i do that?
    i have the start up ready now.

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    to format a drive you can't boot off of it. Your best bet is to get a copy of a windows 98 boot disk, or you can also boot off of the CD that comes with your OS and in the setup process most have the option to format the harddrive before installing the OS.

    And no offense but if you are asking these questions it might not be a good idea for you to format your hard drive in such a manner.

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    hi,thantos

    Hi,well to format the drive.. how should i do?
    i have the windows 98 boot disk already. pls tell me the next time
    thanks...hear from u..

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    Make sure the first boot device in BIOS is set to floppy.
    Boot off the floppy disk and at the a:\ prompt, type

    format c: /s

    s is the system files option, i.e. msdos.sys, io.sys and some other files are copied onto yur c:\ meaning that you'll be able to use c:\ right away.
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    FloatingPoint, what do you mean by "you'll be able to use your c:\ right away"?

    I thought if I format without any parameters, I can use my c:\ right away too? What is th euse of those system files that was copied into c:\ when /s parameter is included during format?
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    I think that if you don't add the /s switch to the end of the command, you won't be able to boot from the drive.
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    XSquared is right.
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    >>XSquared is right.

    Aren't I always?
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