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[SOLVED] FDISK problem

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by vzzt!, Jan 18, 2003.

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  1. vzzt!

    vzzt! Thread Starter

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    what i want to do is have my disk space united.
    i want only 1 partition. the problem is that
    i cannot use all the space. the following info
    will give you the idea. thx in advance.

    at fdisk menu i have 4 options:
    1. Create a Partition or Logical DOS Drive(s)
    2. Set Active Partition
    3. Delete Partition or Logical DOS Drive
    4. Display Partition information


    i will follow all 4 options-choices above and
    give you the return info (results).
    i will start with 4: Display Partition information
    in order to let you first know about the system
    and afterwards with options 1, 2, 3.

    4. Display Partition information:

    Current fixed disk drive: 1
    PARTITION STATUS TYPE MBYTES SYSTEM USAGE
    C:1 ________ A __ Pri DOS _1049 _ fat32 __ 52%
    __2 ____________ Ext DOS _ 965 ________ 48%

    Total diskspace is 2014 MBytes

    The extended dos partition contain logiccal dos drives.
    Do you want to display the logical drive information? (Y/N)

    if i select yes, it says:
    NO LOGICAL DRIVES DEFINED
    TOTAL EXTENDED DOS PARTITION SIZE 965 MBYTES

    if i select no, it sends me back to main fdisk options

    1. Create DOS Partition or Logical DOS Drive:
    - Create primary dos partition?
    reply: primary dos partition already exists
    - Create extended dos partition?
    reply: extended dos partition already exists
    - Create logical dos drive(s) of the extended dos partition?
    reply: All available space in the extended dos partition
    is assigned to logical drives


    2. Set Active Partition:
    reply: The only startable partition on drive 1 is already set active

    3. Delete Partition or Logical DOS Drive:
    - Delete primary dos partition?
    reply: cannot delete primary dos partition on drives when an
    extended dos partition exists
    - Delete extended dos partition?
    reply: Cannot delete extended dos partition while logical drives exist
    - Delete logical dos drive(s) inthe extended dos partition?
    reply: No logical drives defined. All logical drives deleted in the
    extended dos partition
    - Delete non-dos partition?
    reply: No non-dos partition to delete.


    so. this is all the info-replies i get when trying to
    use all compinations at options :)
    what to do in order to unite my disk into 1 part?
     
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  3. NotRite²

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    Perhaps I am misreading something here. I am thinking you need to DELETE existing partitions then create new ones....one of which needs to be made "active", and this one be the one you boot from.


    Good Luck
     
  4. JoyousMonkey

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    Hi, vzzt!

    It sounds like you've got a non-Windows element on your hard drive. I've encountered 2 main possibilities in this sort of scenario... one is where Linux was installed. This can leave behind a phantom logical that won't be deleted at all, although it is usually smaller than the size you've mentioned.

    The other scenario is a hidden partition for backup purposes on some OEM systems. Having said that, these usually are vulnerable to FDISKing.

    Anyway, one method to remove the unremovable is DELPART. It is most adept at ripping out these sorts of things, but I must advise using with caution;)

    Below is a link to a download page for it...

    http://www.russelltexas.com/delpart.htm

    Hope this helps,
    Joyous Monkey
     
  5. rugrat

    rugrat

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    JoyousMonkey has a good point, I now recall a similar problem trying to fdisk a drive which had mandrake and win 98 on it. I used the command fdisk /mbr
    then it allowed me to delete the non dos partition.

    Good Luck
     
  6. vzzt!

    vzzt! Thread Starter

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    yes! you r right! i had mandrake 8.2

    i had suspicions that had something to do with the linux but still didn't know what to do. and i m not good at dos etc :)
    thank you very much guys - you really have been HELPFUL
    cheers JoyousMonkey, rugrat, even NotRite² :)

    i ll let you know if problem was fixed - cheers!
     
  7. vzzt!

    vzzt! Thread Starter

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    problem solved. i used delpart.exe and successfully deleted all partitions, even the ghost one. my start-up disk did not have enough space for delpart.exe, so i copied it on an other disk, and after booting with start-up disk, i put the other disk in and ran the program. thx again. case closed :) cheerz
     
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