Disk not recognised!!!!!!

  paddyjack 12:57 25 Apr 2004

I am trying to Fdisk a HD but all I get is ‘disk not recognised’.

Can any body offer any advice and a solution please?

I do not have the full spec here, as it is a friend’s machine. What they want to do is get rid of everything and start afresh. They have formatted several times and there is a lot of rubbish still on it that they want to get rid off.

Their OS is XP home.

Thanks again

  mgmcc 13:13 25 Apr 2004

If you boot with a Windows 98 boot floppy and run fdisk, you should be able to remove any partitions, including an NTFS partition with will appear as a "non-DOS" partition.

The Windows XP CD should then create a new partition, format it and install the operating system.

If booting with the floppy cannot recognise the hard drive, at the "A:\>" prompt type:

fdisk /mbr

and press Enter to repair the master boot record. That might let you run fdisk.

What doesn't make sense is that, after formatting, "there is a lot of rubbish still on it that they want to get rid of". If it had been formatted properly, there should have been nothing on it.

  powerless 13:15 25 Apr 2004

Why are you using FDISK?

You can use the XP disc to do all you want.

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