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hard disk partition

By malinda1978 ·
how to do hard disk partition in pc?
mention steps for troubleshooting

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by malinda1978 In reply to hard disk partition

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to hard disk partition

go to www.bootdisk.com and download the image appropiate for your system. I usually download win98.
create the image and boot from it.
when your are in the dos prompt type fdisk.
use the options to delete the partitions and create them. (options 4 and 1 if not mistaken)
it's very easy, and of xourse have your cd of the os ready.


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by TheChas In reply to hard disk partition

Depends a bit on the operating system, and the size of the drive.

For Windows 95, you have a 2GB limit per partition / logical drive.

For Windows NT, there is a 8GB limit on the boot partition.

There is a good article on partition planning posted at:


For general information on fdisk, and links to tutorials, check out:


For Windows 2000 and XP, if you are installing to a new hard drive, boot from the CD, and the installer will guide you in setting up your hard drive.

For Windows 98, use a startup disk, run fdisk at the DOS prompt.
Answer yes for large hard drive support.

Create your primary DOS partition, mark it as the active partition.
If you wish, create an extended DOS partition, and logical drives as desired.

Re-boot, and run the command format C: /s
from the DOS prompt.

That way, your hard drive is now a bootable drive.

Then, insert your Windows CD, and run setup.


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by dmiles In reply to hard disk partition

Start the partition and format procedure by booting your PC using a Windows boot disk. Make sure you set the BIOS so that the boot sequence is set to detect the floppy disk first. If your system has no problems booting you will be presented with a Windows boot disk menu. This gives you the option to start the system with or without CD-ROM support. At this stage you do not need the CD-ROM support, so choose the option to boot without CD-ROM support. You should end up in the MS DOS prompt A: (A drive).

From A: command prompt type fdisk. You will be presented with following message:

Choose "Y" to enable large disk support.

You will now be presented with the FDISK main menu as shown below.

From the menu, choose option 1 - Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive. Another menu will present the following options.

Choose option 1 - Create primary DOS Partition. FDISK verifies the integrity of your drive and will ask you if want to use the maximum available size of your hard disk to create the primary partition and set it active. To keep things simple we will create one large partition. Choose "Y" to use maximum available space. When the partition has been created successfully you will be notified by the system. Your drive is now known as C: (C drive). Press "Esc" to return to the menu. Press "Esc" again to exit FDISK. You need to restart your system for the changes to take affect. Leave boot disk in the drive.

When the system reboots, choose start without CD-ROM from the boot disk menu. While booting from floppy disk you might get error message like "Invalid media type reading drive C" this is OK for this stage as the hard disk is not formatted.

From A: command prompt type format c:

You will get a message saying "WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE C: WILL BE LOST. Proceed with Format (Y/N)?".

Troubleshooting a PC

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Problem: The PC does not boot, the power and HDD LED does not come on, there is no display on monitor.

Solution: Check that your main power cable is plugged into the ATX power supply. Make sure you have connected the ATX power connector to the motherboard. Check if the cable for the power switch at front of the PC is connected to the correct pins on the motherboard.

Problem: The power LED comes on but the PC does not boot, there is no display on monitor.

Solution: Check if the processor is firmly into the socket. Check CPU jumpers to verify if CPU frequency is correctly set.

Problem: The PC does not boot, but is beeping.

Solution: Different BIOS manufacturers use various number of beeps to indicate faults with various hardware. In an Award BIOS motherboard you will get following beeps:

1 long 2 short: Graphics card is not securely into place, or faulty.

1 long 3 short: Graphics card is not securely into place, or faulty video memory.

Continuous beeps: No memory, or memory not securely into place, or could be faulty.

Continuous high/low beeps: No CPU, or CPU not securely into place, or could be faulty

Problem: The PC boots but the CPU speed is incorrect.

Solution: The CPU frequency jumper setting is incorrect. Refer to your motherboard manual to set it correctly.

Problem: The HDD is not being detected by the BIOS.

Solution: Check if you connected the IDE cable to the motherboard correctly, is pin 1 on the IDE cable connected to pin 1 on the IDE sockets on both motherboard connector and HDD connector. Check if the HDD jumper is set to master and any other device sharing the same cable is set to slave. Click here for more details.

Problem: I can not access my CD/DVD-ROM in DOS mode, hence can not install Windows.

Solution: CD/DVD-ROM device driver is not installed. Install the manufacturer supplied device driver.

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by stuart_at_oz In reply to hard disk partition

Do you want to create a partition on a new disk?

Or a new partition on an existing disk?

If you want to create a second partition on an existing hard drive, it will depend if there is any unpartioned space on the harddrive. If you do have unpartioned space, then you can use FDISK as described above. If you do not, then you will need to use a seperate partioning utility (like partition magic) to change the size of the existing partition before creating the second partition.

(I can provide more info if you need it...)

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by cyrusmak In reply to hard disk partition

use partition magic 8.0
there will be wizard to guide you making partition

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