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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by sammadjam, Jan 30, 2005.

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  1. sammadjam

    sammadjam Thread Starter

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    hi

    recently I had to format my pc and although I know how to do that recently a strange problem happened to me
    as I did put in the start up disk and then fdisk order then deletening the parition folowed by creating new partitions i noticed that one of the drives i made partition for example I made parition c , d e and f was missing ( e and f were missing ) and almost more than 1 giga with them and there are not on my pc when i turn it on the only drive that exist are c and d (plus the cd rom) and when i tried to reformat it from start up disk
    after i press fdisk
    and the large screen with lot of talk i press enter
    the usual thing was to find the 4 choices
    1-creat partition
    2-
    3- delete partition

    but this time those choices DID NOT show up and I only got the message
    ERROR IN READING FIXED DRIVE
    and therefore i wasnt able to do parition and i losr almost 2 giga
    when i checked the pc status on startup disk
    there was only two drives c and d but the whole memory was correct (i.e total capacity 20 giga c10 giga d 8 giga )
    hope you can help

    please accept my kind regards
     
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  3. Elvandil

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    Sounds like you may have missing or damaged partition tables assuming all the partitions are on the same drive and you did not forget to switch drives while using fdisk). Try these bootable repair floppies or CD. You can find documantation for both online and on the floppies they create. Just explore the media from Windows a bit.

    Partition Repair:

    [​IMG] <--(Bootable floppy image)[​IMG] <--(Bootable CD image)

    Or try this one:
    http://users.adelphia.net/~abraxas/dl/partfix.exe
     
  4. sammadjam

    sammadjam Thread Starter

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    hi
    thanks for you help but unfortunatly the first site given by the manager was nothing at all
    and the second things given by someone was unopened links which dont work
    anyway thanks for your halp and i wont bother you asking again since you dont know
     
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    What are you talking about? :confused:

    Those are downloads to boot disks. You might cut the attitude if you want any 'free' help :rolleyes:
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    Information on how to use FDISK can be found at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/fdisk.htm

    Topics covered are:
    Overview and Getting Started
    Partitioning a New Drive - Single Large Partition
    Partitioning a New Drive - Multiple Partitions
    Deleting a Single Partition
    Deleting Multiple Partitions
    Deleting a NTFS Partition
    Fixing the Master Boot Record

    Hopefully this gives you more information on how to use that program.

    ================

    I have a section with instructions for creating a boot disk at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/floppies.htm

    There is also the generic one which you can download and extract at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/win98_img.exe

    There are a lot of the DOS utilities there that don't normally get added when you make one from Win98. For example Diskcopy, Doskey, Format, More, Move, Sys, Edit, Chkdsk, Deltree, Extract, Fdisk, Attrib, Label, Mem, Scandisk, Scanreg, Smartdrv and Xcopy.

    Not only are there more utilities on there but it starts much faster since it doesn't have to create the RAM disk and then expand the cab file from the floppy to that RAM disk.

    It automatically loads with support for a generic CD ROM and assigns it the drive letter of X:

    There is also a CD ROM boot image you can download at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/win_boot.iso
     
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