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By dwuz ·
I am working on 4 computers at work that are Pentium MMX 133MHz. I am trying to fdisk, format and do a fresh install of Win98. None of the four hard drives will format completely. Some of the various error messages are : Trying to retrieve allocation unit, unknown error occured fail or try again, etc. I have tried to let the W98 cd partition and format, I have also tried W98 boot disk (fdisk) to create a new partition, and even Partition Magic. Help! Any ideas would be apprecialted.

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by dmiles In reply to HELP!!!!!!!

1)Run fdisk /mbr
Now type in fdisk,partition the drive
Then use the format /s to load system files
If format succeeds,load the astartup disk and cd-rom and run setup,during the setup process,the drive will be scanned for errors and hope they aregood.
You may want to try loading Win95 and upgrade the computer to Win98.

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by danpiers In reply to HELP!!!!!!!

You didn't mention the size of the harddisks so I will assume that they were once working properly on these systems but needed to be re-initialized. Generally, the "Trying to retrieve allocation unit" message tells me that there are sectors/clusters that are failing on the drives. This being the case, your drives are probably very old (over 4 years) and need to be replaced. Now, for the assumption I made earlier. If I was incorrect, and the drives are newer and have never worked on these systems, you have to consider what is the maximum size drive these older motherboards can successfully work with. From my experience, I believe that the motherboards you are working with may not be able to identify any drive larger than 4GB correctly. It may appear to identify the drive (maybe with an incorrect size), but you may have to use a program like EZ-BIOS (or another drive translator) to get the drives partitioned and formatted properly. There are some systems that will still not work,even with EZ-BIOS installed. Good luck.

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by jonsf1 In reply to HELP!!!!!!!

older motherboard cannot support high capacity harddisk (more than 4 GB if not mistaken). Try to use low level format, if you didn't know how to do this, try to download Disk Manager (depends on your harddisk manufacturer)from the Internet.

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by syamprasadm In reply to HELP!!!!!!!

Hi due to bad sectors on the Harddisk This type of error messages will come.

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by jmatt In reply to HELP!!!!!!!

http://www.firmware.com/support/atapro/

ZAPART Utility:

This DOS utility can be used to erase the boot sector on a hard drive.
This can be useful for removing drive overlay programs such as
Disk Manager or EZ-Drive or for removing otherwise "confused"
partitions that FDISK will not remove. This is not a ZIP file, the
EXE file is ready to run. It would be recommended to copy the program
onto a boot disk and boot from that disk before running the program.
Typing ZAPART will giveusage info. ZAPART 80 will erase boot sector
on first physical drive, ZAPART 81 will erase boot sector on second
physical drive, etc. For maximum safety, you may wish to disconnect
other drives. After using ZAPART, FDISK should report "No partitions
defined."
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