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deleting primary partition....

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  1. ChfTx

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    scavanged Micron, P2, 400MHz, 128 RAM, OP...? ( can't get that far)


    am fdisking the hard drive first thing and can't delete Primary Partition.......have to enter a volume label and I've tried everything on the screen and I get "Volume Label Does Not Match"......?

    now, I've downloaded a program called "Wipe" that I found in another thread, and the thread says to follow the directions carefully.....but there aren't any!

    Am I on the right track?...If so, what do I do next?

    Thanks all.....
     
  2. thib4

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    when it shows you the partition
    at the top it will have volume label and underneath it, it will give you the volume label

    type it exactly as you see it
     
  3. GwizJoe

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    OK...,when you were using the drive in Windows (like in "My Computer"),do you remember if it was "named"? Something like "MainDrive" or "BigOlDrive",or anything like that??? The volume label is/was the "Name" of the drive...
    If it was not named at all,it would have only shown the drive letter 'C:' (or whatever drive it was) and all you need to do is press enter and it takes it as unnamed and will proceed with the partitioning processes.
     
  4. Romulus

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    If nothing shows then you haven't named your partition. In that case you'll leave that field empty and just press Enter.
     
  5. ChfTx

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    This computer wasn't mine, this is the first time I've been into it and it was messed up when I got it. It's never booted to Windows so I have no idea what was in "MY Computer". However, I did delete 1 logical and 1 extended partition, just am having trouble with the primary.

    The volume label is entered at the top as Drive "C" (I can't remember the exact volume cuz I'm not at home right now, but it's not much) and it says 15%. I typed in the number it said was on the drive..tried the "15%".......tried "ALL"...tried nothing and just hitting "ENTER".....................all with the same result........... "Volume label does not match"...???

    I know it's still there cuz when I tried to create one, it told me so....AND it's still listed

    Can anybody help me with this "WIPE" utility? Will this do the trick? I get quite a few computers like this one and thought this may be a helpful tool to have around...any thoughts?

    Thanks!!
     
  6. mobo

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    Two things:
    Is there more than one drive, and if so you have to delete the extended first.

    Don't enter a volume label just click enter and try it
     
  7. ChfTx

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    There's only one drive and all other partitions are deleted.....

    I've tried not entering a volume.......it doesn't work.

    Thanks MB
     
  8. GwizJoe

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    Ok...,well how about just formatting that partition as it is? Do you really NEED to delete it? Or can you format it,load an OS on it and then simply check the drive's name (volume label) and start over?
     
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    Try using a program called Partition Magic. It is a must have for anyone working on computers. www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic it is $70 to buy but they have a free trail download you can use for now.
     
  11. mobo

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    Does that trial version actually allow you to execute the commands ?
     
  12. Krall

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    Actually the version 8 evaluation allows you to see what it is like but no changes are implemented. I thought it was full function for 30 days. I just went and bought the full version . never tried the trial copy.
     
  13. mobo

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    I remember having an earlier trial version and the same thing , but in any event the Maxtor utility should more than adequately do the job.
     
  14. ChfTx

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    (y) Thanks mb!!

    PowerMax worked great.....

    I love this site...life is good again
     
  15. mobo

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    Excellent, now keep that tool in your arsenal for future use if ever needed.
     
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