hi, because of loads of hassle with my son's laptop, we have decided to reformat the drive, he is miles away so we are doing via the phone..
we followed the instructions in the book and we are stuck...we are at the partition bit,we have tried to delete the partitions, and all we get are "primary dod partition already exists" we do not understand all this ,primary dos, extended dos, logical dos........in fact we dont know what to do.
Working through fdisk are you. So what are you trying to do, delete the old partitions or create new partitions.
Lets wipe the disk of partitions and then you can start again.
So you have probably started with a 98 floppy and typed fdisk at the command prompt. Have you typed Y to enable large disk support, do this.
You now have the main fdisk screen. unless you have more than one hard drive, doubt this as it's a laptop, do this.
Pick option 3, Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive click here
The new window will open click here I would work from option 4 downwards to option 1. You will probably get this bla bla bla is not present, but keep working to option 1. But remember to keep using the section 3 delete partition main screen.
If this goes well then pick option 1 on the main screen to rebuild the file allocation table, Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive and remember to set it active.