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Can't see my C drive from boot disk

By maduca ·
Hello all,
I have a NEC Ready 9732 PC with 16MB of ram and a 2.0GB hard drive and Windows 95. Here's my problem, I need to wipe out the hard drive and do a fresh install, but when I boot to the recsue floppy I cannot see the C drive. The PC boots fine without the floppy and Windows 95 runs ok. The thing is I want a fresh install becuase the PC is going to a charity and I want all my data gone. I know that Windows 95 boot disks do not come with cd rom support either so I added mscdex to it. Now when I use the floppy and try to fdisk I can't get to the C drive or the CD rom, I get the message invalid drive. Anyone who gives me step by step instructions on this and it works will be awarded points. This is also going to a good cause, covers the good deed for the day thing too. :)

Thanks all, Michael

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by dmiles In reply to Can't see my C drive from ...

Open the Control Panel and double-click the Add/Remove Programs Icon and click on the start up tab,create a start up disk and then follow through with the FDISK
Cold boot the system with the startup disk in drive A:
At the command prompt
a:fdisk

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by robe94 In reply to Can't see my C drive from ...

Pls. verify if you do not use any disk manager to boot your harddisk, if so pls. used the disk manager software to erase the data.

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by reeree In reply to Can't see my C drive from ...

make sure that you are booting to the floppy

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by Operagost In reply to Can't see my C drive from ...

You need more than MSCDEX.EXE for CD-ROM support. You need a .SYS driver in your config.sys, the statement would look something like this depending on the name of the driver:

device=a:\cdrom.sys /d:mscd001

The /d: parameter specifies the device name, and must match the device name specified by mscdex. You may already have a DOS driver on the machine's hard drive. Copy it to the floppy and add it to the config.sys. I can get you a driver if necessary. As for not being able to access C:, I attempted to look up NEC Ready information from NEC but their site appears to be down. Your motherboard may not support a 2 GB hard drive if it's old, but I doubt that's the problem. More likely, if you have Win95b the drive is formatted FAT32 and the floppy has an earlier flavor or Win95 which can't read it. Boot into Windows and, from a DOS prompt, type "sys a:" to transfer the correct system files. You may also wish to copy the proper sys.exe, format.com, and fdisk.exe to the floppy.

If after all this you still can't get the CD-ROM to work, you could always copy the Win95 folder from the CD to the hard drive, then reboot in MS-DOS mode and type:

smartdrv
deltree windows
deltree progra~1
deltree mydocu~1

(also deltree any other folders on the drive. I don't recommend doing a "deltree \" because it might make the system hang up)

cd\win95
setup

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by linda_jacobs In reply to Can't see my C drive from ...

Your nec would uses necide.sys
This should be on your harddrive already.
You want to make sure you copy it to your boot floppy.

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