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Big problem with reinstalling Windows
« on: February 05, 2007, 12:41:51 PM »
Hey guys I just had to format my computer because I got a bad virus the my virus scanner did not pick up for me.  So to make a long story short I have been trying to reinstall my operating system.  Being on XP I was NTFS as you know.  However I realize I am going to have to install Windows 98 and then us my dell xp upgrade cd to install a fresh copy of xp.  But there is something wrong with my partitions on my harddrive.  There is only one partition and it is like 5,368mb...My harddrive is a WD Raptor at 74gb.  I am a little lost here.  All I want to do is get my drive to be partitioned so I can install 98 then from that point on I will just put back xp with ntfs.  Can someone help me out with this problem.

I just formateed the drive and it said formatting 5,368.03M...This is not the capacity of my HD.
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Re: Big problem with reinstalling Windows
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 01:52:32 PM »
What are you using to format that drive ? ?
Use the WD utilities to prepare that HDD for use making sure you set the drive as active...

Then boot to your XP CD and run setup.

You don't need to install Win 98 just insert the CD when prompted for a prior ver. of Windows.
   
 
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    Re: Big problem with reinstalling Windows
    « Reply #2 on: February 06, 2007, 04:33:42 AM »
    UNLESS that is some kind of a "restore CD" instead of a real Windows CD.  ;)
    Please post as much information about your computer, operating system, and problem as possible, what happened prior to problems, etc. Too much info is OK, too little is pointless! Don't just say "My computer doesn't work. What's wrong?"

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    Re: Big problem with reinstalling Windows
    « Reply #3 on: February 06, 2007, 04:45:51 AM »
    http://files.frashii.com/~bootdisk/alabama/boot98se.exe

    Download the above file and make a bootdisk.

    Boot with the win98 bootdisk, start fdisk and select show drive information I think it's option4.

    Tell us what it reports.

    Hope you have a 3.5 floppy drive. They sure are important.
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      Re: Big problem with reinstalling Windows
      « Reply #4 on: February 06, 2007, 06:24:35 AM »
      There is a glitch in fdisk when reporting large drive sizes. It reports the difference in its preset size and the actual size. The MS support site has an updated version of fdisk that supposedly corrects this.
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      Re: Big problem with reinstalling Windows
      « Reply #5 on: February 08, 2007, 12:52:43 PM »
      Thanks a lot guys I was able to get a  fresh copy of Windows Vista installed but i am still left with this missing amount of memory on my hard drive.  Vista is listing it as 69gb total but the hd is 74gb capacity.  Is there any windows based utilities out there that can free up this missing space?  I hate going into DOS and doing it that way.

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      Re: Big problem with reinstalling Windows
      « Reply #6 on: February 08, 2007, 02:12:10 PM »
      Actually those numbers are pretty close to correct...HDD manuf. report a slightly larger size so your actual size is around 69G.

      And it's not memory on your HDD it's free space or storage.

      Memory is RAM.
         
       
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      Re: Big problem with reinstalling Windows
      « Reply #7 on: February 08, 2007, 02:25:15 PM »
      Thanks sorry for the wrong meaning i typed noob  :'(