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Jeanie Crisp
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 6:49 am:   

I have a Pent. 2 with a c drive, and two slaves...D and E. How do I wipe everything out completely and do a clean install of Win98 2nd Edition?
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 3:11 pm:   

First you will need a win98 floppy 3.5 bootup disk. Then go to this site on partitioning and formatting the hard drives.
After the above is done, bootup on the 3.5 with cd-rom support. At the a:\ prompt type in the letter of the cd-rom drive, in your case it may be g:, then press the enter key. Now type setup and press the enter key.
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 3:23 pm:   

assuming you have 1 drive and 3 partitions. you make a boot disk and reboot leaving the disk in the a: drive. you type "fdisk" at the command prompt and it'll ask you if you want large disk format. that's fat 32. default is Y for yes. press enter. you then choose the number, for looking at what partitions you have and the names, assuming you named them, if no names, that's one less step. you work backwards from the e drive and delete it until you get them all deleted, using the "delete logical drive or partition choice first, for e and d, then the delete primary partition for c:. then you'd reboot; (and i would shutdown for 20 seconds first) at the command prompt, type "fdisk /mbr" to delete anything left in the master boot record. shutdown again for 20 seconds. then startup again and remake the partitions starting with c: then to the d:, which would be a logical drive (secondary partition) and then e: which would be your last partition on that logical drive. you need to specify in megabytes how much space for each drive, except e: which will do the rest of the space on it's own.

then you'd reboot and format each partition. you can use the cd to do this. either use the startup disk to activate the cd, or you need to go into the bios and change the startup to boot from cd, if that option is available. then install the os.

for separate drives. you basically need the same procedure, but instead of deleting and remaking the logical drives, you only need to delete and remake primary partitions. that is if you only want a full clean install. you only need to do c: for a reinstall.
Jeanie Crisp
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 8:06 am:   

Win, you had me all the way up till "reboot and format each partition". I'm not real bright I guess. Can you please walk through me through THAT also? How do I use the startup disk to do that? I don't know anything about bios and os. thanks a million
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 1:05 pm:   

Just follow the link I posted and it will explain what Win is talking about.
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 2:44 pm:   

ah, cecil's got the link, but for ease of use to me, i copy from C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND folder onto the floppy disk, your startup disk, that is. you don't need the cd then. you would reboot again from the floppy after partitioning, and when you get to a command prompt, type "format c:"; which will then ask if you're sure, which you press "y" for yes. after it's done, it'll ask you for a name, just hit enter and no name will be given to the drive/partition. you can give it a name, but if you have to partition again, you have to delete it as the name, since it will see that. do the rest for all the partitions, and your set for re-install after you reboot.

as for the easy way, after partitioning and formatting, you can just use the floppy, to get to a command prompt for getting the cd drivers loaded for the cd. you would have a c: d: e: and an f: (cd). you need to add one letter to get to the cd drive as the boot disk makes a ram drive. so you'd type in: "g:setup". or something like that to get to setup for win98 to get started re-installing.
Jeanie Crisp
Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - 7:39 am:   

Thanks for all the help. Everything turned out great!

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