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Hello!

fdisk is a Windows hard drive utility. It allows you to create partitions on your hard drive of various numbers and sizes. Normally, a HDD will be one big partition. This isn't good in case your operating system fails and you have to reformat. A format will wipe all data on the partition, including all your personal files.

Having at least a second partition allows you to isolate your Operating system and software from you personal files. That way, if you need to reformat your OS partition (usually C: drive) all your files can be separate on the second partition (D: drive).

Hope this is informative.:)
 
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You create it from within Windows and it varies slightly based on which version of Windows you have.

Your best bet is to download it, for your particular version of Windows from http://www.bootdisk.com

Copy it to a formatted floppy. Place the floppy in your drive and boot up with it. It will leave you at a DOS prompt A:\

type
fdisk
and press enter. You will be asked if you want to enable large disk support to which you answer Yes.

You will then get a menu with 4 options (5 if you have more than one hard disk). You first have to create partition(s) and then you have to re-boot with the floppy still in the drive and then type

format C:
and press enter. When that is finished, do the same for each of the other partitions you have created.

Re-boot without the floppy. If you are installing an operating system at this time, insert your Windows CD in the drive before re-booting and the install process will commence.
 

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If you are interested in partitioning, you can read my easy to follow beginner's guide HERE.

It is based upon the Win98 boot disc but once you start the operating system is wiped out and it no longer matters wht was there or what is being installed afterwards.
 
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