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

I would suspect that there's some sort of way this thing is formatted that's preventing you from seeing it. I would wonder if the rescue floppy was designed for dos 5.x, 6.x of whatever version is originally came with. The same thing happens when you boot a machine with NTFS on it with a windows bootdisk.

I would fist make a brand new boot disk. You can go into the add/remove programs in the control panel and there's a tab in there to specifically do this. ONe thing you will want to copy though is the mscdex file from the windows command file. This is a file necessary to run your cd-rom from dos.

Before you fdisk and reformat, you would probobly want to have some CD-Drivers available abd working with the bootdisk. If you cango www.windrivers.com, there's a univrsal driver that seems to work with most of the CD-Roms out there. Pretty easy to setup.

Once you're done there, just boot with that and run fdisk. The options in there may still not recognize the disk, however, it should still recognize the fixed disk. At this point you can delete your partitions. They may show up as a non-dos or non-windows partition, so you may have to use that options to delete the partition.

You can also use the same utilityto recreate a new partition. Once this is done your can format the HD the same way you would a floppy, except you would designate c: instead of A:

Good luck to you

Mark

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