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Rich Farrell
Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 10:37 pm:   

my compaq LTE 5250laptop will not boot from the hard drive when i boot from the windows98 startup disk it tells me that the drive does not have a valid fat partition i used a maxtor utilities disk and it shows me that the disk is ok it can not fix because it is not a maxtor drive it is a toshiba drive please help
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2001 - 11:27 pm:   

Hi Rich,
Has the hard drive been working OK in the past or is it a new HDD you are trying to install.
If it is a new installation you may need to fdisk it and remove the old partition that is corrupt. Then create primary partition and then format it. Viz: a:\format c: /s.
Once this is done it should be bootable if a OS is installed.
Good luck,
rich farrell
Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 - 10:38 am:   

thank you i have tried that and it says i have no permanent hard drive installed
V (Vera)
Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 - 3:26 pm:   

you could try fdisk /mbr to see if that helps.

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