A hard disk drive in computing is a type
of storage device made up of hard disk platters, a spindle, read and
write heads read and write arms, electrical motors, and integrated
electronics contained inside an airtight enclosure.
Now you know what the hard drive is.
Let's stick to the point and start with the information on the title of
this article. How to format a hard disk drive....
First of all, you should have a reason
if you really want to learn how to format a hard drive. But don't forget
that formatting a hard drive does NOT permanently delete your data!
Of course, when you format your hard
drive you think that the data is really deleted, but that is not the
The fact is that the data you have
"deleted" can be restored. Nonetheless, you should not experiment with
formatting a hard drive because you never know what may happen. Of
course, it also depends on the software you use, for example, there are
such products that will permanently delete the data you want and then
you can continue the process of how to format a hard drive.
In fact there is nothing so difficult
in it. You first need to decide what operating system you intend to load
after formatting a hard drive.
It is best and easiest to use a boot
disk for that Operating System, such as MS Dos6.2 or Windows95b or
Windows98SE, 2000, XP. You will need the proper Windows95/98 XP boot
disk (Floppy or CD) in order to load these operating systems on the
computer, else it will reject loading due to the wrong Operating System
on the computer.
Then you will have to insert your boot
disk in bootable CD or floppy drive and start the computer.
Note: from Huntly
Computer Services: Windows XP and 2000 differs you can format
from installation CD following procedures are for 95, 98 and 98se
Once the system has completed booting
and an A: prompt appears. You will need to type format C: /s and then
press Enter. The function of this command is to tell the system to
format your "C" drive and when it is finished to copy the system files
to the drive.
The "/s" switches for "System". You can
format a different drive this way by using a different drive letter.
After that you will see on the screen
the following text: "WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE C:
WILL BE LOST! Proceed with Format (Y/N)?" and if you really want to
continue, type [Y] and then press Enter.
Your screen should display the size of
your drive and a countdown in percentage of formatting completed.
Depending on your computer's speed and the size of the drive it can take
from a few minutes to over 15 minutes.
When it reaches 100% complete, you will
see a new message: FORMAT COMPLETE. SYSTEM TRANSFERRED. This message is
to indicate that the files required to boot your computer from the hard
drive have been copied from the floppy to the hard drive.
The computer can now boot from the hard
drive without a boot disk in the floppy drive.
The last message that will appear on
your screen is the following: "Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for
none)?" You can either press any key to continue, or simply to press
Enter. And now, you can finally begin to load your Operating System.
Keep in mind that you can receive an
error message, which says "insufficient memory to load system files". If
you do receive such message, do not worry. It is caused by the lack of a
memory manager loaded at boot and your PC can only access the first 1mg
of ram memory.
You can handle this situation with two
options. The first one is to omit the /s switch when formatting. You
should do it by typing this: FORMAT C: and then press Enter. Then when
the format is complete, manually add the system files to your hard drive
by using this command: SYS C: and press Enter again.
The second solution is to load a memory
manager in order to overcome this issue. If you don't have any you can
easily download one from one of the million sites on the Internet.
You see, we have finally reached the
end of How To Format A Hard Drive. and consequently – the end of this
article. Now you surely know how to format a hard drive. But, once
again, don't play with the commands if you are not serious about
formatting a hard drive.
Even if the data is restorable you may
do something wrong to your computer. That is why, you should be careful!
And now, good luck!