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Solved FDisk Question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mirari, Oct 21, 2003.

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  1. Mirari

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    I have two hardrives, one an 80 gb C and the other is 20. The 20 GB is partitioned into two drives F & G. I want to format the 20 gb drive and remove the partition, how do I do this?



    Sep 25, 2003
    I would first disconnect your 80Gig from the cable and only have the 20Gig connected on the primary IDE channel to be on the safe side. Then:

    -insert win98cd and boot up computer
    -choose the 2nd option, "boot computer with cd-rom support"
    -then type, "d:" and press enter (if D: is your cd-rom)
    -then type , "cd win98" enter
    -then type fdisk
    -choose option 4 to display all information
    -you will see your 2 partitions, hit ESC to return to previous menu
    -choose option 3 i think(it says delete partition information)
    -delete all extended and primary partitions
    -then choose option 1 to create new partition and choose Y when it asks if u want to use all available space

    Partition Magic is a much easier way to do it but you have to buy the software
  3. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    Hi Mirari... From what you descibed, your 20G drive is connected as slave and the 80G is the boot drive with windows on it. That being the case, you can do the fdisk work on the 20G drive from within Windows.

    Just boot the system and go to START|RUN and type in fdisk. Then press enter. when the screen asking about large disk support comes up, hit enter again. Now type in "5" and hit enter. The screen should now display partition information for both drives. Select the number for the drive you wish to change (probably #2) and type that number and hit enter. Now you can enter "3" and hit enter and proceed to delete the partition(s). The primary caution here is to be sure you have selected the correct drive to delete partitions. You are pretty safe because Windows will not let you change anything on the boot drive partition from within Windows.

    Having said all that... I agree totally with PROJECT that a 3rd party soft such as Partition Magic or Partition Commander (which I use) is the easiest (and safest) way to do any work with partitions.
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