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cannot fdisk windows 2000

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  1. nettie

    nettie Thread Starter

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    :confused: Hello there,
    It's been awhile. I am trying to format a 40 gig hard drive that had windows 2000 on it. In fdisk, when I try to delete the extended drive, it tells me that there is a logical drive in an extended drive that I have to delete. when I try it tells me that no logical drive exists.
    I have gone around and around in fdisk and cannot delete the partitions or format them. There has to be a way around this.
    I would like to format and partition it and then load windows 98SE on it. (don't own Win XP)
    would anyone have a suggestion??
    thanks in advance for all the help past and present.
    Nettie
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  2. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy nettie...

    Do you know the manufacture of the drive ?

    IMHO when going from W2K to W98, it would be best to do a LLF ( Low Level Format ), of the drive. The W2k Partition is more than likely NTFS, the DOS Fdisk doesn't do a very good job of deleting the partitions, so there for you will have to do a LLF, to install W98, and in order to do it will need to know the drive manufacture, to point you to the utility...
     
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  4. nettie

    nettie Thread Starter

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    hello there,
    The hard drive is a 40g maxtor. I heard that a low level format could damage the hard drive or older BIOS'. When they say older, what is meant in age and how would I know that my BIOS would be safe?
    If so, would be able to tell me the steps or a site to follow a low level procedure.
    Nettie
     
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    http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/M...tware Downloads/ATA Hard Drives&downloadID=22
     
  6. crjdriver

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    FWIW you cannot delete an extended partition / logical drive with fdisk. That is why dos / win9x tools should not be used with nt based os. You can use the hd mgf's utility that has been posted or you can boot with your win2k cd and enter the recovery console. From the rc you can delete any partition and format with fat32 if you want to install win9x.
     
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