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help, can't reformat HD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by StepsInSC, Sep 11, 2003.

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  1. StepsInSC

    StepsInSC Thread Starter

    Mar 23, 2001
    This is with my old computer, who was having horrible slowdown problems when WinXP was on it, the 30Gb HD was partitioned into about 10 and 20Gb parts. It actually ran XP fine but for reasons not relevent began having problems.

    So I decided to reformat it, and I didn't have my XP CD handy so just wanted to throw on win98. But when I go to fdisk I could not and cannot reformat the 20Gb part of the drive. I have successfully installed win98 on the 10Gb Primary Parition, BUT even though it lists the 20GB extended drive i cannot reformat it. Because when I go to reformat the 20Gb EXT drive I cannot delete the EXT partition when logical drives exist, but when I go to reformat any logical drives...it says no logical drives exist. I've never seen this before, any ideas? I kind of need access to the other 20Gbs or so on this computer.

    Uh to recap the Primary partition is currently formatted FAT32 with win98 on it, while the 20Gb extended partition formatted via (cant remember what the type winxp uses, nfts? something like that) winxp sits there...
  2. Linkmaster


    Aug 11, 2001
    Hi StepsInSC,
    Can you right click the 20gb drive and select format?
    Try getting a DOS 6.22 disk from here:
    when you download it execute it and it will want you to insert a floppy. let it finish. Change your BIOS to boot from the floppy. Put in the DOS6.22 disk. At the prompt type:
    Format D:
    See what happens. You may try fdisk and try to delete the partition or delete and format both and strat over.
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