I have just nstalled an old 2Gb disk from a redundant PC into my Windows 98 PC. I've discovered that it is divided into two 1Gb partitions. I would like to have the whole disk as a single partition and I don't need to keep the data on the disk. How would I do this?
Echo Diodorus Siculus.......... A really safe way to protect your primary disk is just pull off the data cable.
Since you are booting from a floppy and when booted the DOS A:> prompt will show, typing FDISK will only work on the available drive (your 2Gb).
FDISK is fine for this purpose but do follow the instructions. It is easy enough but has to be taken step by step in a very plodding sort of way. I'm sure you know but when you finally have just one (active partition) called C: because it is the only drive visible, you will have to reboot and then format it. If you disconnected your Primary disk, there is still no danger of getting it wrong.
All seemed to go well with Fdisk - deleted the two partitions and created a new one on the second disk apparently without problem - but now the PC won't boot. It boots fine if I detach the second disk, leaving only the primary attached, but crashes and turns itself off if the second, repartitioned, disk is attached. What have I done?
Jumpers are set correctly. I checked and set those before I first installed the disk, when it worked fine. It's only since using fdisk that it's gone pear-shaped. I am, of course, now wishing I'd listened to that small voice in my head which said "If it ain't broke ..."
its possible there is something wrong with the disk.find out what make it is and get the diagnostic tools of the manafaturers website.it could also be the ide cable try it on a different one.let us know what happens.darren