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Format/Partition - Need quick answer

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by nwinchel, Jan 29, 2002.

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  1. nwinchel

    nwinchel Thread Starter

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    I apologize for not already knowing the answer to this or taking the time to find out.

    I have a Gateway Pentium II 266 w/64 MB RAM and with a 6 gig hard drive that is currently partitioned into drives C, D and E. It's currently running WIN' 95.

    I'd like to format the whole kit and caboodle, delete the partitions making one partition and install WIN '98 (plus other apps). I have the WIN '98 boot disk so formatting C:\ and installing WIN '98 would be easy enough but can someone enlighten me as to how I can make all three partitions into one? (I have no access to any special partitioning software. This will have to be done manually.)

    Unfortunately, I'm supposed to have this PC up and running by this afternoon and I'm in meetings most of the time until then. Can someone help? :confused:

    TIA.
     
  2. jbcalg

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    here's microsoft's take on it

    basically just use the startup disk to enable the dos commands then run fdisk, which'll wipe out any exisiting data on the drive

    you may need to delete the exisiting partitions - haven't done this in a while ;)

    it's pretty straightforward
     
  3. ETS

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    Yes, you will have to delete the existing partitions first. You must start by deleting the last logical partition in the extended partition first and work your way backwards to the primary partition. Then you can follow the steps outlined my Microsoft, referred to in the above post.
     
  4. jbcalg

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    thanks ETS
    it's been a while and didn't have the time to go out into dos and walk through the fdisk structure
    (and risk doing something reeeeeeeally foolish along the way :))
     
  5. ETS

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    jbcalg,

    You're welcome. It's easy to forget those little details if you don't do it every day.:)
     
  6. nwinchel

    nwinchel Thread Starter

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    Thanks to both of you. Like you, this is something I hadn't done in awhile so took my time (what little I had!) and got the job done. I'm setting up apps now.

    I appreciate the help! :)
     
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