By over60plus ·
having a problem, formatted my HD, then when starting up with xp it stated my drive was partitioned, so ran fdisk and boy have i now got a problem must have selected wrong options i have deleted the main drive any help I would be most grateful not very tech minded

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I don't quite understand ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to PARTITIONING HD

What did you use to format the HDD? Perhaps you only formatted your C: partition (rather than the entire HDD).

Why did the possibility of having a partitioned HDD cause you so much anguish? XP usually allows you the opportunity to partition the HDD at the install stage anyway.

What do you mean"i have deleted the main drive" - how many HDDs do you have?

Does the XP install disc not find any HDDs when you try to install?

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Your PM has left me just as confused ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to PARTITIONING HD

I'll be honest with you - I've not used FDISK as such for years (not since the days of W2K). As such I'm probably the last person on the planet to be advising you.

Perhaps this page from Microsoft might ring some sort of bell as to what you might have done wrong:


Another Peer will be along presently and I'm sure he or she will be much more well-versed in using FDISK.

If I were embarking on this project, I'd have been using DISKPART but since you've come this far, you might as well stick with the Devil you know.

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You might be able to rescue the HD by using ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Your PM has left me just ...

Darik's Boot & Nuke.


You download it and burn it to a CD, then boot with the CD already in the optical drive.

Choose the AUTONUKE option.

Strictly speaking, DBAN is used when you want to completely eradicate a virus infection that is proving resilient to normal methods of formatting. DBAN overwrites every sector of the HD by writing zeroes, then ones, then zeroes. It does this by making THREE passes across the entire disk, finishing with a properly FORMATTED and totally BLANK pristine HD. Depending on the size of the HD it can take a couple of hours at least.

It might be worth a shot - you've got nothing to lose by trying it.


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by CG IT In reply to Your PM has left me just ...

if you use fdisk you can create/delete partitions including logical partitions.

if you delete all your partitions, you really don't have to create any partitions on your drive. you can boot to a Windows CD, have Windows create your partition and even specify the size of the partition.

but if you want to use Fdisk, realize that it's FAT so, your large drive support in FAT32 is limited. From lockergnome


Table 3.11 FAT32 Size Limits

Description Limit
Maximum file size 2^32 - 1 bytes
Maximum volume size 32 GB (This is due to the Windows 2000 format utility.
The maximum volume size that Windows 98 can create is 127.53 GB).
Files per volume Approximately 4 million


Windows 2000 can format new FAT32 volumes up to 32 GB in size but can mount
larger volumes (for example, up to 127.53 GB and 4,177,**8 clusters from a
volume formatted with the limits of Windows 9. It is possible to mount
volumes that exceed these limits, but doing so has not been tested and is
not recommended.

So, using Fdisk limits the size of drive you can have even if it's a large drive. 320 GB drive formated in FAT32 comes out to... you guessed it 132 GB.

NTFS limitations are 2 TB.

Best suggestion... don't use Fdisk. Boot to the Windows CD, have windows create your partition and format in NTFS.

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