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Old 2nd September, 2002, 03:35 AM
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Typically a driver issue from my experience... and usually video related.
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thanks mate.
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Hate to beat this to death. fdisk, fdisk, fdisk. Formatting is not the same thing. Ciao to this thread.
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Thanks mate.

i thought it was!!! showing my inexperience there, will give it a shot.

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fdisking is for creating the partitions that you want to have. You lose everything on the HDD, in this way it's like formatting.

After the drive is fdisked(and re-booted, just like it says in the on-screen directions) then you can format the partitions.

Take your time with fdisking. MS doesn't explain what you're doing while fdisking as completely as they might, so it's easy to wind up doing it all over again. Don't worry, everyone probably has to before they really understand the fdisk program.

Assuming that you don't want to create one gigantic partition on the HDD(it will take forever to defrag it) you can only create two partitions, and one of them is the Primary DOS volume, aka partition. The other is an Extended DOS Partition. You can then create Logical Drives(they show up as separate HDD's in Windows, but they are really partitions within the Extended DOS Partition.)

If you have no interest in running both Linux/Unix/*BSD and Win on the same machine, and you start with a 40 Gb Hard Drive, and easy partition scheme is to divide the whole drive by four. As the capacity of the HDD is ~38 Gb after formatting, it's really ~38 Gigabytes divided by four. Assuming that 38/4 is OK, you need to make four ~9.5 Gb partitions.

To do so, create a 9.5 Gb Primary DOS partition. Then you create a 28.5 Gb Extended DOS partition. Then you create 3 9.5 Gb partitions, aka Logical Drives within the Extended DOS partition. If you haven't done so, the fdisk prog will warn you that no partition is set as "active." I usually choose C:\ as the active partition, out of Win9x habit.

When all of this is complete, Windows will see a C:\ D:\ E:\ and F:\ HD. Four Hard Drives out of one. Who'd a thunk it?

After you've rebooted for the last time to "set" your partition scheme, then it's time for formatting the volumes, aka partitions, aka Logical Drives.

If you're doing the formatting from the XP CD-ROM, you can choose NTFS or FAT32. NTFS is "officially NT/2K/XP," but FAT32 is faster, but fragments more easily, too.
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fdisk: fencing off fields on a farm
formatting: plowing the fields
installing s/w: planting seeds
reformatting: replowing after the harvest
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Quote:
Originally posted by Orbit
fdisk: fencing off fields on a farm
formatting: plowing the fields
installing s/w: planting seeds
reformatting: replowing after the harvest
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hmmmm, Yes, i understand it better that way, thanks.
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