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Steve G
10-07-2000, 09:14 AM
a friend's machine won't boot, I know the harddrive is faulty but i have replaced the defective unit with one of mine that i know works fine. I have gone into the bios and set the primary drive to both auto and set configuration to match the new drives details but it still dosnt boot. When I boot from a 98 startup disk it says that drive c does not have a recognised fat format. Is there some controller for the hard drive on the motherboard or is it a case of getting a new m/board. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Steve

Getenby
10-09-2000, 07:54 AM
Hey Steve ,
The drive you installed , does it have Windows already installed ? What kind of drive is it ? Did you use the hard drive software with this when you first installed it on yours ? If so you may need the same software to install it on his . Please let us know , OK .
Pete T.

Originally posted by Steve G:
a friend's machine won't boot, I know the harddrive is faulty but i have replaced the defective unit with one of mine that i know works fine. I have gone into the bios and set the primary drive to both auto and set configuration to match the new drives details but it still dosnt boot. When I boot from a 98 startup disk it says that drive c does not have a recognised fat format. Is there some controller for the hard drive on the motherboard or is it a case of getting a new m/board. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Steve

Paleo Pete
10-09-2000, 12:17 PM
Run fdisk and see what the partition information looks like. Option 4 should allow you to look at the partition info. It should be FAT 16 or FAT 32 and the primary partition should be set as Active. If the primary partition is not Active, go back to the main menu, and use the Set Active Partition Option. If you get a "No partitions defined" message, you'll have to partition the drive and format it to make it usable. This will also involve installing Windows.

WIn 95A only supports FAT 16, Win95B and 98 use FAT 32 or FAT 16.

Check these links also.
How to fdisk a Hard Drive (http://www.sybercom.net/jtmurphy/page11.htm)

Quick Guide to a Win 98 Fresh Start (http://www.hardwarehell.com/fdisk.htm) My site below might also have some good info you may be able to use.



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