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Partition Not Recognized

By david_mckenna ·
I am working on reinstalling WindowsNT. Earlier I used fdisk to repartition my 6Gb hard drive into two partitions; c:=500Mb and e:=5.5Gb. That worked fine.

I have had other problems, so I am looking to reinstall again, and now fdisk is not recongizing the extended dos partition or the logical drive e:. fdisk will display the partition, but will not let me delete or modify it. It acts as though its not there, but oddly displays it in view mode (with out a drive assignment).

Do I have a bios problem? Is there some way to start from low level scratch on this hard drive?

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Partition Not Recognized

by rukmakar In reply to Partition Not Recognized

If you want to install Windows NT only on this computer, I don't think you have to use fdisk. To get around this, follow the NT installation procedure starting with bootdisk1, when you are asked to choose where you want to install, you just delete all the partitions on the drive and create new partition of size you want and format the partition and install NT.

After completing the installation you can create extended partions on the leftover space by going to " Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Disk Administrator.

Hope this will help.

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Partition Not Recognized

by rukmakar In reply to Partition Not Recognized

If you want to install Windows NT only on this computer, I don't think you have to use fdisk. To get around this, follow the NT installation procedure starting with bootdisk1, when you are asked to choose where you want to install, you just delete all the partitions on the drive and create new partition of size you want and format the partition and install NT.

After completing the installation you can create extended partions on the leftover space by going to " Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Disk Administrator.

Hope this will help.

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Break the Hard drive limit Barrier

by edwardsmd In reply to Partition Not Recognized

I had same the problem. First, does your BIOS support the large hard drive? If it does then your are in good shape. I have a 15 gig hard drive where Windows NT 4.0 was only seeing 8 gigs. Woo, what happened. So , took the 3 NT 4 disk w/cd and deleted all partitions. Before I restarted, I inserted Win98 boot disk,restarted and punched in no cd support.I was able to fdisk it back to the 15 gigs and I reformatted it. Get this, when I loaded NT 4.0 I have a 4 gig C: drive with a 10.5 gig drive,no small **** ant partition. Boot partition is still limited to 7.8 gig, but hey, that is better than 500 mb. Go to Microsoft Knowledge base and locate article Q197667. What you need is the updated ATAPI.SYS file. I tried the one from Win 2000 disk and it blew its big beautiful blue screen of death at me.OOps!! Try it , good luck

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Partition Not Recognized

by chichung In reply to Partition Not Recognized

This similar situation happened to me too. I had a 18 gig drive but NT only recognised 1Gb.

What I did:
I used the Win98se boot disk to boot up. Fdisk was able to recognise the total capacity of 18Gb. Used the Fdisk to create a boot partition of2Gb. Rebooted with the NT Cdrom. Converted the 2Gb into NTFS and after all is done and NT installed, used the Disk Administrator to create another volune with the rest of the space.

Another possibility is to load the mass storage driver that your hard disk is attached to first instead of loading it when NT setup prompts you for any driver for the mass storage device attached. This can be done by pressing F6 when NT setup boots with the first a one liner message "Setup is now installing .." or something like that. After that it will prompt you to load all the mass storage device drivers that you have.

Low Level Formatting
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If you hard disk is SCSI based, usually the controller card onboard bios would have an option for you to format the drive in low level mode. For IDE drives, it all depends on the motherboard that you have. Normally, the good old format from the Win98 boot disk should do the trick.

Good Luck!

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