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installing NT server 4.0

By mndthegap1 ·
i am trying to install nt on my computer. the drive has been formated and when i try to do the install nt recognizes the drive but says the drive is unformatted or damaged. and will format the drive. when i hit enter to have nt reformat the drive it says nt can not continue with install drive is to big please select another drive or make the drive smaller. i can not get passed this point of the install. also i tried formating the drive and reinstalling Dos but dos dos says can not read or write to c:
please help and let me know if i need a new harddrive or how to fix.

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by Nate from RI In reply to installing NT server 4.0

Was the drive formatted with FAT32? If so, NT cannot read it. It will also have trouble with partitions over 2GB. When running the install, wait until you get to the part whenyou select where to install NT. There are options on this screen to erase existing partitions and create new ones. You will need to erase the old one and create a 2GB partition to install NT onto. You can create another partition to utilize the rest of the disk once NT is installed.

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by RonnonF In reply to installing NT server 4.0

Here are a couple of questions:
1) When you already formatted the drive was it done as FAT32 or FAT16?
2) How large was teh partition made?

I think you should try to repartition the drive. The largest size you should set it to is 2048 (equals 2gig) and if you want let NT format it. If you want to format the drive you should make sure you are setting it as FAT16 and not 32.

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by ustutz In reply to installing NT server 4.0

As a preliminary step to the previous two answers (which are essentially the same) use FDISK from dos (bootable floppy with fdisk.exe - typically a Windows 95/98 recovery disk) to delete the existing partitions on the hard drive.

Note: I have seen the 2 GB limit on NT Workstation. NT Server I have been able to install into 4 GB partitions.

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by mndthegap1 In reply to installing NT server 4.0
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by cagandhi In reply to installing NT server 4.0

I think there windows 98 was previously installed on your PC.
So the partision is FAT32 formated, which is not recagnised by either Win NT or DOS.
So first thing u have to do is again boot it with the use of win98 start up disk
run the fdisk & when it ask that the size is more then 2gb would u like to enable the fat32 option enter "Y"
del. all existing partisions.
again run fdisk, this time enter "N"
create pri. partision (max partision size 2 gb) & format it . this is fat16.
now start installation of win NT
Another option is
Boot from NT Setup disk (1,2,3) and when ask for partision , del all exsisting partision & creat new one.
format it with fat ( i mean fat16: max partision size 2 GB ) or if u want file level security then format it with NTFS.
good luck.

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by mndthegap1 In reply to installing NT server 4.0

thank you for the help i appreciate it.

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by spiceman In reply to installing NT server 4.0

If the installation does not let you create a smaller drive then you may have to start windows 98 istallation and do not select large drive support. After that try the nt install again. Delete all partitions and create a 2GB partion if you want to have a FAT partition (needed if want Dual boot with Windows 98, DOS etc) or upto 4GB if you want NTFS file system. Once installed then go to start - programs - administrative tools - disk administrator to use the rest of the drive. If you have say a 20 GB Hard drive and used 2 GB for FAT in the installation now you can split the rest of the drive into many 2GB FATs or combination of FATs and NTFS or have 18GB of just NTFS.

As suggested fdisk could also be used and better still is the software partition magic!

Have fun.

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