Win2000 fail install can't erase HD to install 98

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Icantlogin

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I attempted to install win 2000 so I could install
win XP. The attempt failed and now I have a
HD in NTFS format and a win 98 boot floppy.
How do I kill the NTFS and reformat in FAT32
so I can reinstall Win98 and work my way up to Win XP?

Thanks
 
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You should be able to use a w98 startup disc to format it, use fdisk, it will complain that is is an unknown partition, just say yes to force a format.
 

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I used format and it said it cannot format a network drive ????
Mabye because it is in NTFS it thinks C drive is a network drive.

I tried fdisk and it wont let me touch the partition
ether create or delete.

I even tried a floppy of "boot & nukem" which failed
all attempts.
 
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Mabye because it is in NTFS it thinks C drive is a network drive.
No, I have used fdisk on a few ntfs partitions, not sure what your issue is.


If you have a cd drive, make this boot CD, boot from it, see if it can erase the drive

You don't need to let it run on the whole drive, just for a few minutes, then power down the PC.

http://www.dban.org/download



Otherwise see my attachment, unzip it and copy it to the win98 boot floppy, then run the clean1K utiltiy on that drive.




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If all else fails, install it in another PC as secondary, and use disk management to delete the partition.

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Icantlogin

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Yes
I tried to get a win 2K cd to boot from d:
Then I ran the install.
And I get to the same hang spot
on the start up.
I ten put in a xp disk and ran the
install and formatted the drive as Fat
and it installed (actually without a install code numbe)
but when it tied to start I got to the XP screen the moving
paten got one and a half rotations and hung up.

So I suspect the drive. I will try a new drive to boot from tomorrow./
 

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Why not do a clean install of XP instead of installing Windows 98, then 2000, and then XP?

You boot from the XP upgrade install CD, delete existing partitions, create a partition and format it; and then during the Setup you will be prompted to insert your Windows 98 or 2000 CD (which has to be a non-upgrade version) to verify you are eligible to install the XP upgrade version. Then Setup continues.
 

Icantlogin

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Why not do a clean install of XP instead of installing Windows 98, then 2000, and then XP?

You boot from the XP upgrade install CD, delete existing partitions, create a partition and format it; and then during the Setup you will be prompted to insert your Windows 98 or 2000 CD (which has to be a non-upgrade version) to verify you are eligible to install the XP upgrade version. Then Setup continues.
I did not know you could do that. I guess I just have to have
the CD bootable.

I have determined that the IBM net-vista machine is at fault and
not the hard drive. On either 98, 98 SE 2000 the machine freezes
at the same point in the startup. I tried other drives and I get the
same problem when it is booting. Since it seems to be a hardware
issue I am at a loss, so the machine will have to go to the shelf.
I pulled the RAM out and put it into a 890 MHZ IBM machine and
I will start rebuilding from there.
 
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