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By K-T ·
I found an 8gb hard drive with NT on it that I wanted to fdisk and format.I used fdisk to view the partition details - 2gb primary (fat16) and 6gb extended (unformatted). The extended partition had no logical drives defined. Yet when I went to delete it, I was unable to, and received a message stating that I could not delete an extended partition while it contained logical drives. Any help or thoughts on this would be appreciated. I don't think the type of operating system on the hard disk is relevant, I know somebody who encountered the same problem with a W98 disk.

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by cdobbin In reply to Cannot fdisk

I would have to agree with the chap who said it was more than likely formatted with NTFS.This would explain the semingly wasted space on the hard drive.
BTW fdisk /mbr does not remove the master boot record.

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by mishratron In reply to Cannot fdisk

get to a command prompt and type fdisk
the option you want is 3
the option after that is 3
and then you have to work through your logical drives
kill all the ones on the extended drive
if still no good
get your hands on a copy of delpart (legally of course) and wipe the drive off

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by Ramy Naguib In reply to Cannot fdisk

Hi;
Go to the manifucture of the Hard Disk Web page ,download the disk manager and use it to format the drive.
Fdisk has some limitations.
Regards
Ramy

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by BradCo In reply to Cannot fdisk

For some reason, Microsoft's own version of fdisk doesn't read the NTFS partitions very well. I guess they expect you to delete any logical drives before removing the OS.

The FIX is Caldera Fdisk (check with any of your Novell or Linux buddies).Run fdisk /x which will run fdisk in extended mode. It will easily remove the logical drives from the partition.

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by drknght In reply to Cannot fdisk

I had the same problem. You need to delete
the logical drives in the extended drives.
(That might be backwards) But try it. The
answer in #7 looks correct.

You have to go to the lowest level with fdisk
then work your way out... all the way tothe
primary partition deletion option.

Then you can reboot.

Fdisk again.

Reboot.

Then format.

Hope this helps.

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