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Setting up an NT4 OS

By BarryVG ·
I'm into the umpteenth setup process of a drive for NT4. I've only got several of these to do. I know the partition size problem, whether to use FAT or NTFS. I'm using 10gb drives, and have even used the setup for large IDE drives with the CDrom drive from SP4. I'm getting 'can't find OS', 'NT Detect failed','corrupted drive'. I need a 4gb C:drive with rest in logical FAT partitions. I've used just about every combination of setup process thinkable, with no consistent results. I've triedpartitioning and formatting prior, during and after. I'm also beginning to wonder why anyone would want NT. Would appreciate some guidance for this process.

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by McKayTech In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

I would check the Hardware Compatibility List to make sure the hardware you are trying to use is supported under NT (pay particular attention to the motherboard and CD-ROM drive).

I've done several hundred installs on supported hardware and had only sporadic and solvable problems. But I've had some nightmares when trying to use hardware that is not known to be compatible.

Other possibilities include an unsupported configuration (e.g. Small Business Server on Compaq servers with a system partition) or a corrupted CD or boot disk set.

paul

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by BarryVG In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Did check the listing, was ok. System in use for final setup was already an NT. However, for some reason, it wouldn't do the setup straightforward. Using the SP4 CDrom, telling it to format as NTFS, even though the partition was setup under an NTrunning system, allowed process to continue.

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by wildmcp In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

I had this same problem on a few of the IBM 300PL's. I set up the Primary partition, leaving the rest of the space free - loaded NT with FAT. Then once I booted up successfully the first time, I used NT to set up the rest of the drives.
Sometimesit seems as though you go round and round in circles. Microsoft, who needs 'em?! *smile*

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by BarryVG In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Did check the listing, was ok. System in use for final setup was already an NT. However, for some reason, it wouldn't do the setup straightforward. Using the SP4 CDrom, telling it to format as NTFS, even though the partition was setup under an NTrunning system, allowed process to continue.

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by jewright In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Often a new drive in an old machine will require the disk to have a small portion of the disk setup to contain a BIOS. If you have either a Western Digital or a Seagate drive, the drive should have come with a floppy disk that will contain the setupprogram for this task (Either EZ-Disk or Data LifeGuard Tools).

I don't think that NT is really to blame here so much as the BIOS of the machine you are trying to setup.

I will be glad to help you. send me an e-mail if you would like. My address is JeWright@Hotmail.com

Good Luck.....Jeremy

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by BarryVG In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

All done, closing question. Feel free to contact in future.

BVG

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by ec364 In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Your 10GB HD must have drive overlay installed. NT won't work on it. Run the drive utility and remove the drive overlay. Then reinstall Windows NT.

Enjoy!

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by BarryVG In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Did check the listing, was ok. System in use for final setup was already an NT. However, for some reason, it wouldn't do the setup straightforward. Using the SP4 CDrom, telling it to format as NTFS, even though the partition was setup under an NTrunning system, allowed process to continue.

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by calves In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

I have a different approach, if you care to try.
Get a Win98/Win95 Boot disk, boot from it, and run fdisk. Select option 4 and identify all the partitions on the disk. Press Esc and Select 3. Delete all the partitions. Now, boot from the set of diskettes or CD and allow the installation to create the partition. I know you can do that during the installation backup without using the Win9X and fdisk. But trust me, I seen similar problems where NT would not identify all the partitions on thedisk, but fdisk would.

Good luck!

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by BarryVG In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Did check the listing, was ok. System in use for final setup was already an NT. However, for some reason, it wouldn't do the setup straightforward. Using the SP4 CDrom, telling it to format as NTFS, even though the partition was setup under an NTrunning system, allowed process to continue.

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