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By findarte ·
My Laptop's Windows 98 is experiencing a fatal error after boot-up. I have it hooked-up to my home network, and can access all the information on the hard drive via the intranet (after it's error has occured...) Here's my dilema. I compressed thedrive to give me more disk space, which was great, until it crashed... now I can't format it because it's been compressed...

I've saved all the information I needed off of the hardrive using the intranet connection. So I figure I can just formatthe drive and re-load Window's 98. HERE'S THE PROBLEM: I CAN'T FORMAT A DRIVE THAT HAS BEEN COMPRESSED, IT SAYS I NEED TO RUN DRVSPACE. That's fine, but I can't access windows because it's experiencing a fatal error. I'm stuck in a catch-22. HELP!

This is what I've tried. Using a start-up disk to boot me up (running the start-up with Cd-Rom support) I figured I could format the hardrive using from the a: prompt FORMAT C: /S (where c: is my hardrive)then just install windows... but it's giving me the error I mentioned before: "cannot format a compressed drive please run drvspace." (Or something to that effect)

I'm not sure, but I think the problem has something to do with my having to unmount the compressed drive first? Or is this not neccessary? I just can't get to windows in order to run DrvSpace from my laptop.... Remember I have an intranet connection to the hardrive, is this a possible tool? I tried mapping the laptop's hardrive as a network drive, but that didn't dome any good... I REALLY NEED MY LAPTOP FIXED, what can I do?

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Format a Compressed Hard- ...

Why don't you just fdisk the drive then reformat it? The compressed partition is really just an invisible file on your C: drive. If you fdisk c: then format c: you'll have a fresh clean HD with which to work.

Hope this helps!

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by dmiles In reply to Format a Compressed Hard- ...

Backup the drive from the laptop
If you donot have one create a startup disk

You can try to Format the drive using FDISK

Insert startup disk in floppy drive A:
boot computer,select option to run setup without cdrom support

At command prompt,type FDISK

Select to View drive information (4)
Press ESC

Delete the extended partitions first,if they exist

Now select to Delete the DOS partition

Enable large disk support

Partition the drive,rebbot

Now at command prompt,type Format C:
onec this completes you should be able to run setup to re-install the operating system

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by saihib In reply to Format a Compressed Hard- ...

Create a bootable floppy. Do a search on the net for delpart.exe. It's freely downloadable from many places. Put the program on the boot floppy and and boot from the floppy. Run delpart.exe and destroy any existing partitions. Then use a Win98 boot disk to reformat your hard drive. Actually you can just copy the program to the Win98 boot disk. There's enough room.

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