If you have Windows: yes
1.Backup your data. yes
2.Get a windows CD (not a restore disk).
3.Make a boot disk. yes to all
4.Boot with the boot disk.
5.Type fdisk, see here: Quick Guide to a Win98 Fresh Start - fdisk* and reformat
6.Type "format c:" or "format c: /s" Here are more answers and opinions from other WikiAnswers Contributors:
- Another way to format your hard drive is to do the following: I am supposing you are going to install the operating system after you have formatted the drive, you must have the Operating system CD (that is Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Windows XP.Go into the BIOS settings of your PC, usually by pressing the delete key in a clone computer, the F1 key in an IBM and the F10 in a Compaq when you first start the computer. You have to set the start up options to CD first, floppy or removable drive second, and the hard drive third. Save the settings and come out of the BIOS settings. Place the CD in the CD drive and restart. The computer will recognize the CD drive and begin copying files. You will be prompted to install Windows in another location if the system recognized another operating system. It will also ask if you wish to format the drive and will give the option of FAT32 or NTFS. NTFS affords more security options and works better, although it is not compatible with older systems that use FAT32. Format the drive and continue with the installation of the operating system.
2. Backup your VGA/sound drivers
. (if stored in the hard drive)
3. Place the bootable windows CD on the CD-ROM
4. Boot on CD-ROM
5. on the command line, type cd win98 then press enter.
6. type format c:/s/u/v then enter
7. Wait for a couple of minutes.
- XP will format the disk for you. Just boot from the CD and tell it to format the disk.
This is in case a Person wants to Downgrade his OS