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Posted on Monday, March 27, 2000 - 1:57 pm:   

I am trying to reinstall my NT system. It has a 500MB MS-Dos Partition (FAT16) and the rest is 4416MB NTFS partition.
I rebooted the machine using my WIN98 boot disk and formatted the c: drive (500MB). I could not access the NTFS drive (D) to format it. I could also not delete any partitions using fdisk.

I ran the NT setup disks and all went fine until I tried to install the WINNT folder to the 4416MB NTFS drive. I chose all of the options from format as FAT16 and format as NTFS install options and every time it gives me an error message saying that the 4416MB drive is too big to format.
What I ended up doing is partitioning the 4416MB drive within NT Setup into a 400MB and a 4016MB drive. I was able to finish the setup/install, but now I have a C: drive with 500MB (FAT16), a D: drive with 400MB (FAT16) and an NTFS E: drive with 4016MB.

I would like to make it so that I can have the prior setup: 500MB (FAT16) and 4416MB (NTFS).Why is the drive too "big" to format? It worked when it was set up the first time.
If I can't do this, how can I at least re-partition the drive to consolidate the 500MB and the 400MB drives to get one 900MB (FAT16) and the rest will be NTFS.

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 2:44 pm:   

Only thing I can think of is the fact that during installation, NT first formats the drive as FAT16, then later converts it to NTFS (presumably using CONVERT.EXE, but I'm not sure).

I'm new to NT, so I could be WAY off base here.

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