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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

By johnrfeeney ·
i have a dell inspiron 8200 with 512 RAM
when i boot from a disk formatted to start computer with and get to the a: prompt i cannot get the computer to C

i.e. at the A prompt i type C: and enter and it just keeps me at A:

any help?

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by dmiles In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

Boot Computer,When the Startup screen appears,press the designated key to enter BIOS configuration

In the Confiuration Panel listing the search the first boot device,change the Configuration using the Page Up and Page Down key to change the firstdevice to C,CD-ROM,A

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by johnrfeeney In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

when i do this the system won't boot from the a drive
i have always had systems prior look to the a drive first why can't this occur with XP
what i want is the ablility to do this and still be able to just type C: at the DOS prompt to take me to the C drive

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by Gigelul In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

Hi,
You must use a boot diskette made on same OS as your installed OS.
Which is your OS installed on your computer?

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by Gigelul In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

If you speak about a new/blank HDD, this must be partitioned first and then formatting.

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by Gigelul In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

Also check in BIOS if your HDD was detected.

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by johnrfeeney In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by meddjay In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

I go with the first answer. Though it IS a possibility that your floppy is damaged and it might be time to buy a new one...how old is the computer you have to ask yourself. If it is like more than a few years old you may want to check that option if the first person's answer doesn't work. Hope this helps!

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by fenaikh In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

Hi
There are many possiblities:
The hard disk is not enabled in the BIOS. check if it appers when POST which is the first Text screen.If not enable it (enable IDE, Auto detect..)

2- Check power and data cable connections in the motherboard and hard disk that is the first pin in the redstrip and it is firemd and connected all pins and no pins are bint or broken.

3- The Hard disk is may be FAT32 then you need a special disk to access FAt 32 search the Microsft knoldge base for one I do not remember the number.
or check this one. and this is good too

How to Create a Bootable Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q119467


Making a Win98 bootdisk
http://www.putergeek.com/win98_boot/index.shtml


4- you may be have NTFS Hard disk then you need
this software.

NTFSDOS
http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/NTFSDOS.shtml

if yoy have a problem formatting the hard disk.pls raed this


Hard Disk Partitioning and Formatting Procedure
http://www.pcguide.com/proc/setup/hdd-c.html

***Very Important NOTE *********
After you copy the URL a space or a %20 maybe gets inserted in the URL when you paste it into your browser. Delete any spaces or such characters from the URL for the page to be loaded.
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Good luck

Mohamed

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Can't go to C: after booting from A:

by johnrfeeney In reply to Can't go to C: after boot ...

can you tell me if Windows 2000 is applicable to XP
I ask this because I have gone and copied the information on how to make a bootable disk on a NTFS partitioned system but at the beginning of the information doesn't include Windows XP

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