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Formatting HD question..

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ChfTx, Sep 6, 2004.

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  1. ChfTx

    ChfTx Thread Starter

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    This may sound backwards..

    I've had some troble installing WinXP Pro on my machine (another thread) and I want to give it up for now and re-install Win98se. How do I go about formatting the HD so I can re-install Win98. The Win98 boot disk I have doesn't seem to work. I get the message "Format not supported on drive C. Format terminated".
    I notice the Winxp boot disk is too big for a floppy. What can I do?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ddo

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    I assume that your XP hardrive is formatted in NTFS which cannot be recognize by Win98SE. You need to use the old DOS "fdisk" program to re-format your C drive. You need to have the "boot disk" for Win98 SE.
    1 - Go to BIOS Setup and change boot order to A:
    2 - Load Boot diskette and reboot the PC.
    3 - Select:Start computer with(or without) CD-ROM support.
    4 - at command prompt, type fdisk <enter>
    5 - follow direction on screen. Remember to make your drive active.

    Afteer fdisk re-partition your drive, you can pop the Win98SE CD back in and start reload Win98 SE

    Good luck


     
  3. ChfTx

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    I've tried to repartition the HD. Fdisk tells me I have to delete logical drives first but there are no logical drives set-up, only primary and extended. When I look for the logical drives, fdisk tells me there is none.
     
  4. ddo

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    In fdisk:

    - Select 4 (Display Partition Information) to verify disk is indeed NTFS
    - Then go back and select 3 (Delete partition or logical Dos Drive)
    - Select 4 (Delete Non-DOS partition)
    - Next select 1 to create Dos partition.



     
  5. ddo

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    How many physical hard drives do you have on your machine?
     
  6. ChfTx

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    I only have 1 physical HD on my machine.

    I figured out what was wrong.

    I had to delete the non-dos partition and re-format the partition as FAT 32. Then I was able to do what I wanted.

    Thanks for your time!
     
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