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By stuart.douglas ·
I had a drive which was displaying as three drive letters. To create one drive I used fdisk to create one logical drive. I then tried to boot from a bootable Windows 2000 disk, but no luck. Where am I going wrong.

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by Maelgwyn In reply to Partitioned drives

Ok, so you had a drive with 3 drive letters: C:, , E:. Now you have one drive - C:. That shouldnt cause the problem you have specified. Instead, check your CMOS boot order to see if you have got the CD-ROM (or Floppy drive) as the first boot device. If you dont, do it and it will fix the problem, instantaniously.

However, if you dont have a CD-ROM in the available boot list (ie. a legacy system of some years now) you will need to make a set of boot disks. To do that, see www.bootdisk.com and they have quite a few good resources.

Hope it helps

Maelgwyn

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Partitioned drives

you probably just forgot to make the new partition 'active'? just go back into fdisk and you'll see where to do it...

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by stuart.douglas In reply to Partitioned drives

Sorry did this no luck

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by TheChas In reply to Partitioned drives

I have never tried booting from a logical drive.

Normally, you set up the Primary DOS partition as the boot drive by making it active in fdisk.

If you truly want just a single drive letter, I would delete the logical drive and the extended DOSpartition.
Then, exit fdisk and re-boot.
Follow the fdisk prompts to make the entire drive the primary DOS partition, and mark the partition as active.

If your PC will not boot from the CD, that is actually a separate problem.

You may need to run the utility on the CD to create the boot floppy set for W2K.

Chas

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by stuart.douglas In reply to Partitioned drives

Tried this no luck

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by Tim.Doyle In reply to Partitioned drives

You say "no luck", but fail to specify the problem. Are you still seeing the three drive letters? Are you seeing nothing? Were you unable to boot to the CDROM? Whats wrong here?

If you have 3 drive letters and want one you need to run FDISK and delete everything you see on the drive. Remove the logical drive, the extended partition, the primary partition...everything. Then boot to the CDROM and install 2000 from scratch...it will ask you where you want to put it and will give you the option of creating partitions on your drive...create one big partition and format it with NTFS. You may need to alter the boot order in your BIOS to boot to the CD or hold down a key to do it.

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