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Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2000 - 5:57 am:   

I ran Fdisk on my new DELL. The HD is 30GB and I used Fdisk to partition it into 18GB, 8GB and 2GB.
I created a Primary DOS partition of 18GB. Then an Extended DOS partition that consisted of 8GB and a Logical DOS partition of the remaining 2GB.

I exited from Fdisk and formatted the C drive and then the D drive. I somehow could not access the last partition of 2GB, so I tried to go back into Fdisk. I got the "do you want to enable large disk support (Y/N)?...?". I type Y, and then I got an error that said, "ERROR READING FIXED DISK."

I rebooted, then proceeded to Format c: and the message that appeared before the formatting percentage was as follows:


Does anyone know what went wrong?
And how I can get Fdisk to read the fixed disk?

Vera (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2000 - 11:43 am:   

when you formatted the c: drive did you remember to format c:/s to copy system files? can you boot to floppy and run fdisk again? good luck
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2000 - 4:34 pm:   

I had a long talk with DELL and this is the story.
Perhaps other DELL owners can use this information regarding repartitioning their DELL PC's and also reinstalling WIN2000 Pro edition.

BTW, I didn't just jump into this cold turkey. I did lots of research via the CD documents that came with the PC and also everything that I could locate on the DELL support site and knowledge library. I actually found several articles with step by step instructions that I followed regarding fdisk and reformatting.

Here it goes.
THe only thing that you need is the DELL System Recovery CD. Basiclly, it is the Windows2000 CD with a DELL label on it. Whether you have a blank HD or already have an OS in it, it all works the same:
1-power up the machine and as soon as you start to hear the HD spool up start pressing the DEL key. This gets you into the BIOS setup.
2-In the BIOS setup, go over to the BOOT menu and go down to where it says 1st boot device. It usually says FLOPPY. Change this to the CD-Rom drive (in my case ATAPI CDROM). Save and exit the BIOS setup and let the machine boot up.
3- The machine will boot to the CD-Rom now and with the Windows 2000 Disk in it, WINDOWS 2000 Setup will automatically begin (if it is a blank HD). It will ask you if you want to upgrade or do a clean install if you already have an OS.
4- During SETUP, it will ask you questions regarding partitioning the HD or leaving it as is...Do what you need to do for the partitions and after this, the setup does everything by itself until you have to type in your personal info.
5- If you ever installed NT before, it is similar and actually a lot easier. You will have to reload our hardware drivers and software, but that is cake at this point.

If you did create new partitions, your new partitions will be unavailable until they are formatted. THe best way for this is to use the Utility called DISK MANAGEMENT (Formerly DISK ADMINISTRATOR in NT) found in the control panel under administrative tools.
Use the HELP for more info on using DIsk Management.

I have indicated what I feel are the major points in doing a clean install while also reconfiguring the HD's partitions. There are some choices that you will have to make along the way, but they are personal preferences and won't adversely affect the setup process.

Basically, you don't need any DOS related commands and utilities to configure and install WIN2000. The CD-Rom Boot disk can be set aside for any other emergencies, but you only need the W2K CD.

Don't forget to reset your BIOS boot setup and change the 1st boot back to floppy if you want to.

Good Luck to all!

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 7:15 am:   

how do i go about repartitioning and refomating on a gateway? i need to do this to reinstall windows 98, ive accidently deleted my sound mixer, ya know i have no sound now! so my dvd is kinda useless., i cant use my mic or anything portaining to sound ,god help us all who have computers! sincerly yours , slighly going nuts!

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