Unable to format drive which is NTFS to Fat32 or install Win98 seLocked
I am unable to format my C drive which is NTFS into Fat32.
Here is the history.
I had dual operating systems –
Windows 98 se – C drive – 18.6 gb (Fat32)
Windows Xp Professional – D drive – 18.6 gb (Fat32)
and I have an empty E drive – 18.6 gb (which I can convert to NTFS and Fat32 using format easily without any problems)
I wanted to store a file bigger than 4 gb, so I read that converting Fat32 to NTFS would make that possible.
So I converted C drive to NTFS.
Now the problem was that I could access the files in C drive through Windows Xp operating system, I could not boot to Windows 98 se
I then read that Windows 98 se does not support NTFS drive. Since I wanted Windows 98 se in my computer I had to reformat the drive which was the only way to convert it back to Fat32.
I backed up all important data on D drive and then tried formatting the C drive using format function. But I got an error saying ?Windows was unable to complete the format?
So I deleted All the Program, Windows and other files which were on the C drive manually. The C drive is empty and I do not find any hidden files also.
I tried formatting again but it gives the same error ?Windows was unable to complete the format?
So I tried installing Windows 98 se from MS-DOS command prompt by copying my Windows 98 se files on my E drive.
It went successfully till I got the Windows 98 se screen saying that it was not able to install Windows 98 se as the drive I was installing in was HPFS or NTFS. Either I had some compressed files or disk cache utility on the drive.
I checked the C drive with my antivirus and saw some 34 files being scanned which were not visible on the drive.
The above when I see in Disk Management now shows as follows – (after doing the above )
Disk 0 Dsk1_vol1 (C:) Dsk1_vol2 (D:) Dsk1_vol3 (E:)
Basic 18.63 gb NTFS 18.63 gb FAT32 18.64 gb FAT32
55.90 gb Healthy (System) Healthy (Boot) Healthy
C drive has 18.5 gb free out which 123 mb is being taken up by probably the 34 files which I unable to see.
I tried to delete the C drive using disk management but the option is not highlighted to be used and is grayed out (Delete Partition). It is the same for D drive (Delete logical drive). Only E partition has the option (Delete logical drive)
I have not used the Fdisk command from MS-DOS because I had read going through the various websites which had similar problems that I cannot delete a partition if it is primary and there are one or more logical drives attached to it.
It can only be done if the logical drives are deleted first.
But since I seem to have one partition and two logical drives, can somebody please help me in installing Windows 98 se on my C drive?
Or am I missing something?