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rsagona1
11-11-2008, 17:03
I need to reformat a desktop. I don't have the reformat disc..."FDisk" says unknown command under the current windows xp system. How do I completely erase the computer? Thanks.

GreenDrake
11-11-2008, 17:15
did you go to the cmd prompt?

rsagona1
11-11-2008, 17:16
did you go to the cmd prompt?

Yeah...

"
'fdisk' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
"

Dragoon44
11-11-2008, 17:16
if your heart is set on Fdisk. Download the Super FDisk bootable CD.

http://www.ptdd.com/manual2.htm

MyGlockRocks19
11-11-2008, 17:17
Are you trying to reformat the system volume or an extra hard drive?
Should be pretty easy to do with the Windows XP cd. Boot from that and format the hard drive when presented the option.

Smokin23
11-11-2008, 17:17
Here ya go:


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255867

shotgunred
11-11-2008, 17:18
i personally prefer herins boot disk myself.

HerrGlock
11-11-2008, 17:21
Reformat it UFS, EXT2 or EXT3 and don't worry about it :supergrin:

devildog2067
11-11-2008, 17:30
Reformat it UFS, EXT2 or EXT3 and don't worry about it :supergrin:

fdisk is still a valid command in *nix land :)

StarfoxHowl
11-11-2008, 18:53
fdisk is still a valid command in *nix land :)

FDISK is a holdover from MSDos days. If you are looking to wipe a machine and then install XP, then boot from the XP disk, allow the setup to run, and when it comes to the partition selection for the install of XP, wipe all partitions and remake them.

If you have an old DOS disk 6.0 or later, then you can boot from the dos disk, and run FDISK from that.

srhoades
11-11-2008, 21:05
FDISK is a holdover from MSDos days. If you are looking to wipe a machine and then install XP, then boot from the XP disk, allow the setup to run, and when it comes to the partition selection for the install of XP, wipe all partitions and remake them.

If you have an old DOS disk 6.0 or later, then you can boot from the dos disk, and run FDISK from that.


That seems like a lot of unnecesarry work.

Start > control panel > administrative tools > computer management > disk management > delete partition > create new > format

Blitzer
11-11-2008, 21:15
That seems like a lot of unnecesarry work.

Start > control panel > administrative tools > computer management > disk management > delete partition > create new > format

Not if you are working on the boot drive! :dunno: :rofl: :wow: :upeyes:

srhoades
11-11-2008, 21:38
Not if you are working on the boot drive! :dunno: :rofl: :wow: :upeyes:

Details....

Big Al 24
11-11-2008, 22:24
It's also one of the many files contained on the Ultimate Boot CD...

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Jumper
11-13-2008, 22:45
You might have diskpart.exe available. I know I used it from the cmd prompt to redo the partitions on a recent Vista install.