What happens when you try to FORMAT C:?

by Volker Weber

There's a nerdy idea floating around that you can tell an uninformed Windows user to type "format c:" in the Run dialog to solve their problems. This is perpetuated in office jokes and comics among other places, but how many people have actually tried to destroy their using "format c:".

I made a goal for myself to find out what would happen if I ran "format c:"? on a freshly installed Windows system ...

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I wonder what would have happened when trying to log on to that hosed Windows box again... without the reboot which obviously had to fail.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2004-11-03

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