View Full Version : How do you format a NFTS drive

01-02-2005, 08:44:13
that has a copy of winXP on it?

Tried what I usually do - boot from an old DOS boot disk, do format c: and promptly formatted what is usually the D drive. DOS didnt recognise the nfts drive so mounted the other one (FAT32) as C:. Excellent way to wipe your digital pics and MP3s (thank fuck I backed that drive up last week - well everything I actually needed)

So how do I wipe this drive? Cant do it from within XP cant do it form outside XP... Dont seem to be able to boot form the XP CD and do it form there either...

Sir Penguin
01-02-2005, 09:51:15
The normal way you do it is from the XP CD, it's part of the installation process. You might be able to do it from the recovery console, and you might also be able to get a 9x boot disk that has the NTFS driver. I can't think of another way to do it at the moment, but I'm sure there's one. I guess if you were desperate you could get a LiveCD for some Linux distro and run cfdisk from there. :)


01-02-2005, 09:57:56
I thought you could do it from the XP CD. maybe i was just being dense last night and missed it.

Can you make the XP equivelant of a 9x boot floppy and do it from there.

Sir Penguin
01-02-2005, 10:12:12
I don't think so, that's what the Recovery Console is meant to replace. And it's only available on the CD, as far as I know.


01-02-2005, 13:20:34
right so how do you get to that then.

as I'm at work and cant be arsed to figure it out myself

01-02-2005, 15:12:53
Boot with the CD in the system. It'll say something like Press R to enter the Recovery Console.

Then press...R.

At the console, type HELP for a list of commands.

01-02-2005, 16:02:04
excellent, should have a nice clean system by the end of the evening.

01-02-2005, 22:26:46
As a useless aside, I've looked at websites for DOS/9x NTFS utilities provided by third parties, and the ones that can do more than just read an NTFS volume cost more than Windows.

03-02-2005, 14:48:34
Yes you can definately format the drive with the WinXP cd, I've done it countless times when my harddrive fucked up.....

03-02-2005, 15:00:38
lol, got everything up and running nicely now. Just got to stick on firefox etc and then its ready to roll