You will need a windows boot disk or third party disk utility program to format a hard drive.
Using a windows system boot disk you would use the comand "format" (without the " ") followed by a space and the drive letter with a semi-colon after it (ex. format c
"fdisk" is a disk partition utility used to creat, delete, and work with partitions. It will not format a drive in a way that you can use it for a windows OS. After you "fdisk" a drive you still have to format it for windows.
A little more info would have been nice. Any O/S CD or disks will format the drive from them, but depending if there was ever an O/S on the drive, you'll have to have the right CD. Example, if the drive was NTFS certain O/S wont see the drive.
QUOTE(Eagle1 @ Apr 21 2004, 01:48 PM)my hard drive is partitioned i cant seam to make
fdisk work now what
try running chkdsk /f on it that may repair some of your problems.
Fdisk will not help you format your drive, it can remove the old partition, create a new one, but not format it. Search you hard drive for "Format.com" and copy it to a boot disk if it's not on there already.
To create a Windows 2000 Professional bootable diskette you will need four 1.44MB diskettes and the Windows 2000 Professional CD.
Click Start / Run / browse to the CD-ROM drive.
Open the "BOOTDISK" folder and double-click makeboot.exe and click ok to launch the program to create the diskette.
Users can also easily create an Emergency Repair Disk by clicking Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and opening Backup. From the Backup window click the button for Emergency Repair Disk and follow each of the steps.