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    Laptop reformat question

    I will be reformatting my mom's laptop this week. I am assuming there is really no difference in steps that I need to take when doing a laptop versus a desktop. Am I wrong in assuming this? I've never messed with laptops before.

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    There have been a few posts recently regarding lots of difficulty in reformatting Compaqs, which in some instances may have a part of the system information on a hidden partition that gets wiped off with the reformatting.

    Are you using a plain OS disk, or are you using a system restore disk?

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    hmmm, well, this is a compaq so that is most interesting. I was going to use just a plain old win98 disk. I may still have the system disk but it always comes with so much garbage software I didn't want to use it.

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    See this thread. http://discussions.hardwarecentral.c...hreadid=151680

    Yours may not be subject to the issue.

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    Originally posted by Huckleberry
    hmmm, well, this is a compaq so that is most interesting. I was going to use just a plain old win98 disk. I may still have the system disk but it always comes with so much garbage software I didn't want to use it.
    But ou may wan to use the "Compaq Diagnostic" partition that avoid booting from floppy when you want to change something in the setup (once a year ?). So keep that (first, non-dos) partition and format the rest with your Win98 cd.
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