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Partitioning my Hard Drive

By Dr. Strange ·
Hi, I need help:

I have an IBM 17.5GB SCSI HDD (DNES-318350W) w/ Adaptec SCSI controller. MB: FIC SD11 (latest BIOS). I first make a 3.5GB part, and install Win98. I then upgrade to Me, and then I try to partition the remaining free space to be utilized (can't install Win98 if I make the 1st part over 7.5Gig!!) When I use FDISK to make the parts, and try booting up again, I get the following message that freezes WinMe/98: Warning, Logical drives past Z esist and will be ignored. Overflow error. When trying to boot from a DOS Boot disk, I get such errors as: "Divide by 0 error". I can't even format the drives after FDISK, let alone boot into Win! I've tried using Part magic, but it doesn't help. It reads my current drive as 17.5G of FREE SPACE, and if I start from scratch: I can't even make FAT parts w/ it (v. 3.04.285). Anyone fix a prob like this?

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by David Balogh In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

Haven't fixed a problem like this (mostly cos i have never had this problem), but is there any reason you dont configure all the drives (using FDISK) before you install windows at all? I dont know if windows sets up its own remembering of partitions, but i have always set up my partitions before installing anything.

David

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by Dr. Strange In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

I've tried that, as well. However, whenever I have more than 1 partition, I can't get my Win98 setup disk to boot my pc, thus preventing me from even formatting the drives. I wonder, could it be the Bios Anti-virus software? Although, I'm pretty sure I've also tried the process w/ the sw disabled. Maybe one more time....

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by Dr. Strange In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

One more note: If I can't get anything to boot after partitioning the hdd, how do I fix it, you ask? I use my super-Win2000 boot CD, which DOES boot. I then go to the Repair Console to and use the DISKPART utility to remove the "Damaged or Unformated" partitons. After this, I can boot back into 98/Me or use a boot disk just fine. I've also tried using this to format the new parts, but that never works, either.

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by David Balogh In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

Oh, well there is a different aspect to the problem with the BIOS Anti-virus.
Well i definetly know, there is problems with the BIOS anti-virus when installing anything that will access the HDD directly (especially the boot sector, which all the applications above you describe will do), it really can't be on when using FDISK, installing the OS, and it definetly won't allow you to use Partition Magic...

as i said all these things need to (or a specifically designed to) change the HDD boot sector, personally i never use the BIOS AV. And this could be the sole reason that use aren't able to use Partition magic.

Hope this helps a little more.
David

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

Well, I disabled all the AV Bios options, and tried both FDISK and PM. Still no luck, same results. I did this w/ my C-drive partition still intact (kind of tired of re-installing OS). Its not necessary to run FDISK on a HDD w/o any previous partitions, is it?

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by Stef Gerber In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

Remember that most operating systems must be installed before sector 1024.
It also sounds like the drive could be busted or the controller card is misconfigured. i would try Partition Magic see if you could do anything.Are there any IDE drives in your machine ? I know that when booting to SCSI and IDE there could be problems. Have you got any Mapped drives on your pc ? that might explain the logical drives past Z.
Best of luck with this problem that sounds like a busted hard drive !

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by Dr. Strange In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

Busted HDD? That can't be - it works fine! Just, as long as I have only 1 partition. Rather, I think its the OS install programs failure to recognize more than 1 part that is causing me problems. Because, even if I have the AV software off, onceI've added a second (or 3rd, etc) part, all my boot disks (all options) and Win98 setup CD fail to boot! Various errors...nor do they boot if the 1 partition is over 7.5GB. In fact, even if I have only 1 bootable partition (WinMe), if I boot up using the WinMe system disk, when I even TRY to run FDISK, I get a run-time error. Any idea what could be causing that? As for the system, no IDE drives. Only 1 SCSI w/Adaptec Controller card. PM, when tried w/WinMe part loaded, does not recognize the drive info, and only lists 17.5Gb of FREE drive space. How do I make it recognize my partitions? No mapped drives, either. Maybe the Firmeware for the controller card should be updated. My project for this weekend, I guess...

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by rwill In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

I would start by using the disk that should have come with your hard drive to set up the drive before I even did anything else. Most newer hard drives have there own set-up program on a disk and they have to be set up with that.

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by Dr. Strange In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

The HD was received w/ the controller-card from a friend (free!). They didn't come w/ any disks, though.

I ran a utility from IBM's website to detect my hdd's "Fitness". No errors whatsoever. Could it be that the controller card doesn't support multile partitions? Or, using FDISK/PM to create multiple partitions?

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by rwill In reply to Partitioning my Hard Driv ...

There is a good possiblity that the controller is bad, you might want to check with IBM and Adaptech to see if they have any know isues with the hardware and software configuration you are trying. I would also ask them about the drive set-up disk and see if they can get you one.

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