Be ready with Bootable C.D and Disk Manager Software(DM) on the same C.D. I Have DM version 9.46(only single floppy). This version formats any disk whether it is Seagate or Samsung or any other one. DM versions below 10 can format up to disk sizes of 40 GB. By using disk manager 10 Plus version we can format High Capacity disks also. Now latest is disk manager 10.45. Later I will tell about 10.45(two floppy's needed). In Seagate site we can get free disk manager 10.45 software. But it formats only Seagate harddisks. For formatting other disks you have to use disk manager 10 Plus versions for those disks. You can get Samsung version disk manager 10.42 from Samsung site freely. For other company disks you have to get disk manager 10 plus versions from those company Websites.
Now I am telling how to format the hard disk using disk manager 9.46 version. Start the Computer. While booting press DEL key then the system automatically goes to CMOS Settings. Select Advanced Bios Features and press enter. Select First Boot Device and choose CD ROM. Then press F10 key(For save and exit setup) and save CMOS Settings. Now the system is ready to boot from C.D Rom.
Put the Bootable C.D in C.D drive and restart the system. Then system will boot from C.D. Select Boot from C.d.Rom and press enter. Select Start computer with CD Rom support and press enter. Then computer will go to A:\> Prompt.
Change from A:\> to C.D Drive Prompt.
A:\>F: press enter (Here F is my C.D drive.). Then it goes to C.D drive prompt like below.
By CD command(change directory command) change to DM directory like this.
F:\>CD DM press enter. Now
Now run DM exe file. If your hard disk is Seagate just type DM. If your harddisk is other than Seagate then type DM/X like below.
F:\DM>DM/X press enter
Now disk manager runs on the screen. Press enter to continue. It will display Have you already run the disk wizard software? Choose NO then press enter. Now choose Advanced options. Choose Advanced disk installation. It will display disk manager found 1 drive YES or NO. Choose YES. Then it will display disk manager format hard disk using the 32 bit FAT choose yes or no. Choose YES.
Now select a partition option. Select Option(C) Define your own. Now give the partition sizes. My Hard disk is 10 GB. So I used 3 partitions C 6 Gb, D 1 Gb, E 3 Gb. After giving partition sizes choose Save and continue then press enter. Then it will give two options:
1. Press ALT-C to continue
2. Press any key to cancel
Press Alt-C. Then it will display Fast format(yes or no). Choose YES. Leave the default cluster values. Now it will displayErase all data on this disk (yes or no)?. Choose Yes. Then disk manager will format my hard disk into 3 partitions as per the sizes given by me. After formatting completed it will display Press reset or Control-Alt-Del when ready. Also it displays remove any C.D's,Diskettes in drives.
So first remove bootable C.D. Then press Control-Alt-Del. Then computer will restart and come to command prompt C:\> So now you learnt how to format harddisk.
Upto 40 Gb Hard disks you can format them using disk manager 9.46 software. If you want to format 80 Gb hard disks you can format them using windows xp Installation disk itself or by using disk manager 10 plus versions. Later I will post article regarding that also.