How do I re-format 'dangerously dedicated' drive?

Mike Jeays mj001 at
Mon Nov 21 00:08:36 GMT 2005

On Sun, 2005-11-20 at 23:24 +0000, Jonathon McKitrick wrote:
> Hi all,
> I don't have an MS-DOS floppy, and I think my CDROM isn't booting because the
> HD is 'dangerously dedicated,' even though it is a bootable CD and the BIOS is
> set to boot it first.
> I want to totally clear my drive so I can reinstall from scratch from CDROM.
> How can I do this?
> jm

I would reset the BIOS to boot from the CD, and then do a complete
reinstall.  The boot order can usually be set to whatever you like.  A
complete reinstall will then give you the opportunity to restore the
usual disk labels and boot manager.

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