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Partition Harddisks

By masalem40 ·
I have a harddisk was formated to be suitable with windows XP and now I can not re-partition this HD or installing windows 98 on it.
I need to know how can I delete all partitions and re-partition it again to work with windows 98

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by djent In reply to Partition Harddisks

Use Nortons wipedisk or Ide_init, you only to overwrite the 0 track. Then partition and format as desired.

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Partitiion of harddisk

by manmohan74 In reply to Partition Harddisks

Another option

Reboot ur system with a bootable xp cd

1. go to dos prompt(boot from dos prompt option)
2. run fdisk.exe command and delete primary partition, extended dos partition, logical partions, to know if you have deleted all partitions select the display partion in that menu.

once done. restart your system

again you have to run fdisk.exe to create new partitions for c drive and d drive including giving the space for both of this drives.

After this again reboot your system and from dos prompt format c: & d: respecitevely.

Ur all set to load win xp in c drive and 98 in d drive.

reach me incase you any more questions

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by mrafrohead In reply to Partition Harddisks

From my experience.

I'm assuming you're using NTFS. That can be a pain in the rear fdisking sometimes...

This is how I handle these types of situations.

Go here: http://www.ranish.com/part/

Download version 2.43

Then boot with afloppy and run this program to delete the partitions. Once finished use fdisk to recreate them or recreate them with this utiltiy and once done with that, you're good to go Also, you can use Ranish to make a backup of your MBR's for each disk incase you run into any problems. And best of all, it works the best and it's FREE!!!

Mrafrohead

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Use W98 startup disk

by TheChas In reply to Partition Harddisks

I've done this myself.

Just boot up with a W98 startup disk.

Make sure that any data files have been backed up.
Run fdisk.

Delete the non-DOS partition.

Reboot, and use fdisk to partition the drive as desired.

Chas

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Fdisk works for primary partition, but

by mrafrohead In reply to Use W98 startup disk

I have found that Fdisk can not detect an NTFS partition on an extended/logical partition??? That's what I want to say, but it doesn't sound right... Hrmmm...

Nehow, If you have an extended partition with an NTFS logical drive, FDISK won't see it. Hence the use of Ranish. That will detect everything.

Although, If you only have a primary partition, regardless of NTFS or any other file system, you'll be just fine with FDISK.

Mrafrohead

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Fdisk will detect, but

by LordInfidel In reply to Fdisk works for primary p ...

It will list it as a unknown file system.

You can delete all partitions on the drive using fdisk.

You just need to remember the order in which to delete the drives (fdisk will usually tell you politely that you can'd delete a primary primary partition while you still have an extended partition.

And you can delete an extended partition while you still have logical drives defined.

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Typo

by LordInfidel In reply to Fdisk will detect, but

And you can delete an extended partition while you still have logical drives defined.

should be *can't*

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Fdisk works for primary partition, but

by mrafrohead In reply to Use W98 startup disk

I have found that Fdisk can not detect an NTFS partition on an extended/logical partition??? That's what I want to say, but it doesn't sound right... Hrmmm...

Nehow, If you have an extended partition with an NTFS logical drive, FDISK won't see it. Hence the use of Ranish. That will detect everything.

Although, If you only have a primary partition, regardless of NTFS or any other file system, you'll be just fine with FDISK.

Mrafrohead

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