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SYS cannot operate

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I am trying to SYS a Hard Disk. When I try to, it returns the error "SYS cannot operate on target drive".
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by:mark2150
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Are you running from the drive you're trying to apply SYS to? You need to be on a different drive. What version of SYS and wat was originally on the drive. You can't win95 SYS an old NT drive. Their disk structures are fundamentally different.

Does FDISK show the partitions correctly?
Did you format the drive prior to the SYS? or are you trying to make a drive bootable.

Make sure that there is no volume label set on the target drive.

Give some specifics about what we're dealing with here and I'd be able to help more.

M
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by:georgesh
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If you are making sys under dos shell in Windows 95 it will not work
What you need to do is to boot in command prompt mode
(press F8 when you see message "starting windows 95") after that  you have to type command lock x: (where x is letter assigned to the drive) answer yes to a question and after that go to your %system root%\command
and make sys x:
It has to work.


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by:mattseale
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I have rejected this answer, not because of the content but because I have found the reason for SYS not operating.

I was working on a machine that I did not know the history of, the machine would not boot, I found the reason for this (incorrect boot files). I attempted to correct this by re-SYS-ing the drive and it then returned the error that I originally posted to Experts-Exchange.

For furture reference the reason the drive would not SYS, was because the drive was compressed and I was not operating on the host drive.

Thank you for your assistance.
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by:mattseale
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I am new to using Experts Exchange.

I no longer require assistance with this matter, but could someone please Email me and tell me how to close the question.
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