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Need help installing HD on new machine

By bryan_bowersock ·
I just recently bought an Abit K7 RAID motherboard and tried to install the HD. When I install the Windows 2000 Server O/S on the HD, it takes me all the way through the DOS setup, but I then get an error, "ntfs.sys is corrupt. Setup cannot continue." ANd that's it. It will not take me to the GUI installation phase. I've tried Windows 95/98/2000 Pro/2000 Server/2000 Advanced Server. i've tried two different HD's (Western Digital and Seagate). These are both on the 2000 HCL list. I've tried all the formatting programs offered by the companies on their websites, but those do not work either. Someone said something to me about the BIOS? Can anyone help?!! THanks.

Bryan

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by Geek2D In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

Copy the \I386 directory to the C: and run setup from inside C:\I386. You might find that works better.

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by bryan_bowersock In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

There is no O/S on my system. Can't copy anything to the c: drive b/c there are no partitions.

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by Mike (from Canada) In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

there is a file called FDISK.EXE which allows your drive to become FAT32. If FDISK asks you this, then make it FAT32. Now after you use FDISK, format the drive and copy the necessary files to it.

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by bryan_bowersock In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

tried fdisk. This does not work.

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by mahdeekus In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

This will take a second so is worth a try - check you system clock before your OS install and set it to the correct time.

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by bryan_bowersock In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

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by JMinard In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

Did you try fdisk /mbr with the windows 98 boot disk? Then try to go into fdisk and setup the partition and then format the drive?

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by JMinard In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

Or even with making the Boot disk from the i386 directory in 2000?

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by bryan_bowersock In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

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by fatherfox In reply to Need help installing HD o ...

Been there done that last week. You have 3 good ideas. Let's put them in order now.

boot to win98 or se, fdisk /mbr, set up the disk for fat32 under 98, do the win2k install with the fat32 option. After the installation, you can convert the diskor partition to ntfs post-install, but you can't "convert" from ntfs to win98. This should do you well since it sounds like you have dirt or a scratch on the bit that let's you do the partitioning pre-install.
enjoy.

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