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Win95 partition is corrupt and fdisk won't work!

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I've got a WD 1.6 GB hard drive partitioned in three-> c, d, and e, all of which are approximately 500 megs big.  Up until last week, c and d were both running fine in Win95, and e was running fine in Linux.  Well I decided to get rid of the Linux partition using Linux's nifty "self-destruct" feature.  ie. I used Linux's fdisk to make what I thought would be a nice Win95 partition.  That partition (my e: drive), under Win95, has given me no end of grief.  Every other day, the partition becomes inaccessible or corrupt, and I'm forced to reformat it again in Win95.  My fdisk in Win95 doesn't want to work, and my Dos fdisk won't work either (weird).  I'm thinking the only way to get my third partition (my e: drive) to work fine is to remove it and then create it again using a Win95 version of fdisk.  Can someone think of any other solutions or where i can obtain a working Win95 fdisk on the net?

Thanks.

kenneth :)
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smeebud earned 200 total points
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Yea, I'll send you mine if you don't need OSR2. But you can get it right off of your disk.
Before that though, see if you have *any* results when you type
FDISK /STATUS
Also, Partition Magic software make this kind of problem *too* easy to fix. And it comes with two Boot Managers.

If you want me to send you fdisk.
bwil@erinet.com
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I found this at:On-Line Help Computer Service
http://www.islandnet.com/~rmartell/online.htm
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You could try Partition Magic.  In fact, you might really need it.
The "conventional" partitioning structure for DOS & Windows is to
create only 2 partitions on the drive - Primary DOS and Extended DOS.
Then you would (in your case) split the Extended DOS partition into two logical disk drives.

What you probably have now is 3 partitions - Primary DOS, Extended DOS, and Non-DOS (Linux).

What I am not certain about is if FDISK will create a second Extended DOS partition on the drive to replace the Non-DOS one.  If not, you will probably need Partition Magic to adjust the size of the Extended DOS partition and create a second logical drive in it.
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by:kenneth022597
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Thanks Bud!

I'll see if I can get myself a copy of Partition Magic.
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Good luck and let me know how it goes.

bwil@erinet.com
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by:buttonpie
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I just had a friend with this problem.  His fdisk wouldn't work.  He has a TYAN motherboard and they suggested getting a new power source.  We did that, but to no avail.  He tried another hard drive, same result, it would not work.  After talking to TYAN tech support, we figured out that his motherboard was not compatible with  his IOMEGA Zip Drive.  After disconnecting the Zip Drive, fdisk was fine!
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