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By rebootd ·
I recently ghosted an image from an older WD 6 gig hard drive that had win98 on it to another hard drive,and wanted to wipe it and reinstall windows 98 on it. In between ghosting what I wanted to save, and
reinstalling, in the interim I installed NT4 on it and ran it on another machine for a few days. When I went to run fdisk to reinstall win98 though, the volume label was something I hadn't seen before, all strange characters, and was unable to duplicate them (so I couldn't fdisk)...I tried formatting the hard drive to see if I could remove
that volume label, and it let me format, and let me change the volume label to nothing. At that point then, the hard drive would not let me reinstall windows until I re-partitioned, so when I ran fdisk again, I
got the message: "No fixed disks present". I checked the BIOS; it detects the hard drive just fine. I tried running Ghost again, (with
this HD slaved to the one with the saved image on it)...Ghost lists the hard drive and its specs, butalso doesnt allow me to access it(transfer to it.) I have been careful about settings on the hard drive
itself: slave/master etc. I would appreciate any help, thanks.

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by dmiles In reply to No fixed disks present

If the drive is formatted with a NTFS partition,Fdisk can be tricky to delete the partition.
One option would be to run NT setup again,when you get to the third disk it will give you the option to install or delete the partition,delete the partition and then reboot with the Win98 startup disk and then use fdisk.
The other option is to use a third party software using Partition Magic and Norton Disk Doctor. Run scan disk on the drive to check the drive for errors.

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by Butzmann In reply to No fixed disks present

You can try using a 'fdisk /mbr' after booting from floppy. Reboot and try fdisking again.

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by grump In reply to No fixed disks present

http://rustysmith.com/delpart.htm

Go the this site and down load delpart.exe
Boot from you boot disk, run delpart.exe and remove all partitions.. besure you save ..
Then reboot with your boot disk and run fdisk. Many times the simple utility will work better than all them thar high end can't figure out how to use utilities..
Keep a smile on your face and NO ONE will be able to guess what you are thinking..

Good Luck...

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by jphifer In reply to No fixed disks present

there is a utility called "slate".......
this utility will wipe a hard drive in seconds..... when the hard drive is then
fdisked and formatted the file allocation tables will be rewritten..and the format completed

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