Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Madness, Oct 30, 2005.
I can't do it with the OS setup files on the drive.
Boot from a DOS or Win9x floppy and run fdisk. NTFS partition are seen by fdisk as NON-DOS partitions and will let you delete them.
Partition Magic. PowerQuest makes it, I believe.
tried it, crashed my system twice..
Maybe I'm approaching this from the wrong angle. I have a single drive (with 1 partition) that I want to reformat. I can't use the delete partition utility through windows set-up since the setup files are in the same directory. Any ideas on what I can do?
You'll need to boot from a floppy, CD, or USB drive to do this.
would I need any files on the floppy?
Goto www.bootdisk.com and download the Windows 98 SE Custom. You'll need a blank floppy. It includes both FDISK and format. It will erase EVERYTHING though, so if your install files are only on the HD, you're hooped.
It will only erase the items on the partition you are going to install on.
How big are the partitions?
If you have 2 and the second one is has the install info, then your fine. If not cand it's big enough, copy all the set up stuff to it.
Get the 98se bootdisk as mentioned in prev. thread, format section 1, viola..
you now have a cleaned formattted partition and a 2nd one with the install.
was the second partition always there? Did it come pre-installed as part of an OEM? or did you do it afterwards?
I ask this cuz dell will send out a system with NO parttitions. Then if you put one in afterwards, and do a sytem restore using the install set up, it will erase that partition.
There is no 2nd partition...
thanks for the info 5Gen, though I probably won't be able to put it to use until Friday. I'll make a test disk with the XP files first to see if I'll be able to install after formating.