You can wipe out your current hard drive’s contents and start from scratch. Wednesday, June 27, 2001 Wiping a Windows 98/SE drive You can wipe out your current hard drive’s contents and start from scratch.
You can wipe out your current hard drive’s contents and start from scratch. You’ll notice that your Windows 98/SE package comes with a boot diskette. Boot from the Windows 98 floppy and run FDISK from the DOS command line. Delete any existing partitions on the drive you want to wipe, then create at least one new primary active partition (remember to enable large hard drive support for FAT32). Then run FORMAT /S to format the new partition(s) and make the hard drive bootable. Now reboot from the Windows floppy to enable CD-ROM support, insert your Windows CD, and begin the Setup process according to the Windows User Manual. Remember to backup all important work before attempting this process!
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