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DDR-PIII

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im trying to format but the file system is ntfs and says im not able to format, is there a way around it? or a ceratian boot disk that will allow this ? i dont have internet on the computer either, thats why im trying to format it.
 
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DDR-PIII

DDR-PIII

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I found this @ "/\/\$" web site, will it get the job done how I want it ?


Removing NTFS
To remove the NTFS file system, reformat the hard disk to use the FAT or FAT32 file system.

You can do this by using the Windows XP Startup disks or, if your computer supports a bootable CD-ROM, by using the Recovery Console tool on the Windows XP CD-ROM. Reformatting or repartitioning a disk deletes all of the data that is on the disk, so make sure that you back up your data before you reformat the disk.

To use Recovery Console to reformat a drive, follow these steps:
Start the computer by using the Windows XP CD-ROM or the Startup disks.
When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press F10.
In Recovery Console, specify the appropriate installation, and then log on by using your Administrator password.
Type map, and then press ENTER.
Note the drive that you want to reformat. The drive letters may be different in Recovery Console from what they are in Windows XP.
Type format x: /fs:fat32, where x is the letter of the drive that you want to format and FAT32 is the file system that you want to use, and then press ENTER.
Type y and then press ENTER to confirm your choice. When the formatting process is finished, type exit and then press ENTER, to restart the computer.
 

mbentley

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DDR-PIII said:
I found this @ "/\/\$" web site, will it get the job done how I want it ?


Removing NTFS
To remove the NTFS file system, reformat the hard disk to use the FAT or FAT32 file system.

You can do this by using the Windows XP Startup disks or, if your computer supports a bootable CD-ROM, by using the Recovery Console tool on the Windows XP CD-ROM. Reformatting or repartitioning a disk deletes all of the data that is on the disk, so make sure that you back up your data before you reformat the disk.

To use Recovery Console to reformat a drive, follow these steps:
Start the computer by using the Windows XP CD-ROM or the Startup disks.
When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press F10.
In Recovery Console, specify the appropriate installation, and then log on by using your Administrator password.
Type map, and then press ENTER.
Note the drive that you want to reformat. The drive letters may be different in Recovery Console from what they are in Windows XP.
Type format x: /fs:fat32, where x is the letter of the drive that you want to format and FAT32 is the file system that you want to use, and then press ENTER.
Type y and then press ENTER to confirm your choice. When the formatting process is finished, type exit and then press ENTER, to restart the computer.

that should work fine... what would also work is just get an old boot disk that has fdisk on it and fdisk the partition and then recreate the partition to fat. then when you install your os, you can change it to fat 32. i would go with microsoft's suggestion to avoid the conversion from fat to fat 32