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Reformatting hard drive

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Daljaxon, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. Daljaxon

    Daljaxon Thread Starter

    Oct 14, 2002
    I recieved a computer a couple of days ago that had the hard drive wiped clean. Semi-clean anyway. I was trying to install windows 98 on it and found out that there is a NTFS partition on it and I could not fdisk, format, or install any program on it. I am guessing that it had win 2000 on it previously, so that the NTFS was used for the OS. Is there any suggestions in what I can do to install win98? Should I find a MS-Dos 6.22 boot disk to try to fdisk this. Or a Win 2000 boot disk? I have been learning about computers for a year now and this machine was given to me for this purpose. Unfortunately I can not afford to go out and purchase the Partition Magic software and I don't have win 2000 OS.
    When using FDISK, I view that there is no fixed disks present.
    When using FORMAT C:/s, I view that this is not supported.
    When trying to install the 98OS, I view a message say that HPFS or NTFS is installed, and to create a MS-DOS boot partition.
    The computer is an A-OPEN computer with a 2gig HD, 133 processor, and 430 chip. Any help would be appreciated. I am a newbee trying to gain experience in the exciting world of computer repair. Must have a boring life, huh?
    Thanks, Daljaxon
  2. dagiftolife@

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    Dec 29, 2002
    Make sure Hard drive is recognized in bios before you try to fdisk.

    If it is recognized in bios:

    (format the c: drive first then try FDISK)


    Get a win2000 bootdisk and use the fdisk version on that.


    Get a win98 bootdisk and try to use fdisk on that.

    in FDISK delete all partitions and then make new partitions with fat32.

    Make sure Hard drive is recognized in bios before you try to fdisk.
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