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To reformat a Hard drive on a multi-drive system suspected of virus or other corruption.

First Wiz Tip, ALWAYS backup.

1st Start {or re-start} your system even if U have to do a hard restart of your system. {Shut off power and turn back on.}

2nd When you see the prompt 'Starting Windows95' firmly tap your F8 key once.

3rd A menu will appear with 6 to 9 choices for how to start. Select the one called 'Command Prompt Only'

{On my system it is selection 6, but could be 5 on some system configuration. IE: No network.}

4th Confirm the drive you want to reformat is the drive letter you think it is.

IE: Suppose you wish to reformat drive D:,
Type 'D:' {without the quotes} then press enter Now type 'Dir /w' press enter. Does the folders {Directories} and folders' contents look like what you see using windows Explorer?

{Wiz Tip 2: To Change directories or folder, type cd/folder_name_here and press Enter. cd/program files would bring you to the programs files folder.}


To reformat your C: drive is another problem. USE Caution and be prepared to reinstall your cd drivers {must often be backup from the C Drive on older systems} and to reinstall your Operating System {OS} Also must have a Boot-Up disk with certain files on it..

Yes, Windows 95 is considered by novice apprentices to be an OS and the installation of it does behave like installing an OS.

Ready to format?
For this example, we will assume you want to reformat drive D.

From the C:\> Command Prompt, type

'format D: /u /s'
{again without the prompts} This will do an Unconditional reformat of your D: Drive and install the System files to a new clean D: Drive.

The purpose of this would be to then physically change the jumper settings and the cables of your Primary Drives. Depending on the # of hard drives you have on your system, will have pronounced differences in your jumper settings.

You should now have a nice clean new drive, which is bootable. Reboot system and start enjoying all your new Disk space. Hope you remembered to backup in case you now find that there were some important emails or text documents on the old drive.

Wiz Tip #1 - Always Backup.

You heard about when Satan challenged Christ to a PC Contest?

The Computer Programmer's Contest {I first saw this in an email message dated Tuesday, April 28, 1998 2:32 PM}

Jesus and Satan have an argument as to who is the better programmer. This goes on for a few hours until they come to an agreement to hold a contest, with God as the judge.

They set themselves before their computers and begin. They type furiously, lines of code streaming up the screen, for several hours straight.

Seconds before the end of the competition, a bolt of lightning strikes, taking out the electricity. Moments later, the power is restored, and God announces that the contest is over. He asks Satan to show what he has come up with.

Satan is visibly upset, and cries, "I have nothing. I lost it all when the power went out."

"Very well, then," says God, "let us see if Jesus fared any better."

Jesus enters a command, and the screen comes to life in vivid display, the voices of an angelic choir pour forth from the speakers.

Satan is astonished. He stutters, "B-b-but how?! I lost everything, yet Jesus' program is intact! How did he do it?"

God chuckles, "Everybody knows... Jesus saves."

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