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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 uffe.sommerlund In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Hey there !!!

it is a commen thing you are having trouble with you think you have formatted FAT16 but to me it seems like you have formatted with FAT32, to the cause that when you use FDISK and in the beginning say Y to enlarge disk you get FORMAT FAT 32
1 go to FDISK
2. choose N in the first screen
3. check / Display inforamtion
4. Kill the old partitions
5. create new choose default 2047GB
restart / format the drive
install Winnt

Winnt /b
from dospromt

kind regards
Uffe Sommerlund
Denmark

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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. System was formatting as FAT ,as I oould see the NTFS conversion going on. But for some reason, it wouldn't recognize the new format. Working now and the user is happy.

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by fred_e944 In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

If the hard drive has an overlay (EZ-Drive, Drive Manager) remove it. NT puts its own stuff in the MBR, and will not install on an overlayed drive.

Delete any existing partitions

Install NT with a 4.0 GB FAT16 C: drive, no other drives or partitions. Don't worry about the size of your drive being underreported.

Apply service pack (SP4 or above)

Use Disk Administrator to partition freespace of drive into other drive letters.

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by BarryVG In reply to Setting up an NT4 OS

Hope you saw other comments. Had to use overlay in order for full drive usage. Without, lost 2gb space. Formatted/partitioned in a working NT, used setup with NT-SP4 cdrom driver, when asked to what partition, said use the previoulsy formatted NTFS and reformat as NTFS. System did work that time. However, it was not astraight forward event. Many side steps. But have inmage of drive and will use it for future setups. I've several to do. Thanks.

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