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Formatting New Hard Disk Drive

I have just purchased a new Fujitsu MPE3173AE drive. It is 17.3 gig. I currently have a dual boot system with Win98 on C drive and Win2000 on another drive. I did have C: D: and E: drives and the D: drive is the one I am replacing. It was 1.9 gig. win2000 was on drive E: which is now mapped as D:.

The new drive is detected by my CMOS and looks ok. I did try to use a MS-DOS 6.0 boot disk to run Format on the new drive but after the computer boots up to the DOS installation it doesn't recognize any harddrives.

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Were C: D: and E: seperate hard drives or
just partitions?
When a hard drive is installed the logical drives change.
Primary controller with master selected
becomes C: drive.
Primary controller with slave selected
becomes D: drive.
Any subsequent logical pations come after
this first logical drives for Primary master/slave respectively
Then logical drives for secondary
IF this is a new HD, you can't just run format.  You need to create a partition with Fdisk first.  Create a boot disk if you don't have one, and copy the fdisk.exe file to it (if it isn't already there)  then boot your PC up, this would be a good time to make sure that the BIOS sees the drive, then run fdisk and select the proper physical drive (number 5 on the menu) and create a partition/s.  Then re-boot the PC again, and now you can format.

An alternative suggestion to Kannabis's idea: if you can still boot into Windows 2000 you can use its Disk Management software to partition the new disk. This means you don't have to mess with scary command-line stuff like FDISK.
Probably, both your Win98 and Win2k installations are being in partitions, which cannot be recognized by any version of MSDOS. The Win98 installation must be in a Fat32 partition and the Win2k in a Fat32 or NTFS one. In order to make your new drive usable by both operating systems, you must boot with a Win98 system floppy disk and run fdisk to create a FAT32 partition (or partitions) in your new drive. On order to get the most of help from experts over here, please, post your hardware configuration, quoting the controlling positition of each one of your hard drives (primary master, primary slave, etc.) before your new drive installation and after your old drive replacement.

Dos 6 is an old OS it can't recognize your HD. You will have to Use FDISK in order to create patritions on your new drive, and then format it with windows format.
I read over your ? again
If you did not partion your new drive
before formating you probably erased
one of your operating systems.
Good Luck
Try UnFormat

Please do check up for the following:

1. Check up whether ant floppy disk or Partitioning Software accompanied your HDD. Usually Seagate and Quantum give their own Partitioning and Installation Disk along with the HDD free of cost. Such partioning software will be more customised towards the particular brand and offers much more functionality. Check up if you have one or contact your dealer for it's availability.

2. Do check up the website of the Fujitsu for more information. Check up the FAQ's, Technical reference and and mail your queries to the Technical Help. Also browse for any partitioning software, if available.

3. If there is no such software available, create a start-up disk as outlined below;


a. Make ready a blank 1.44 Mb Floppy Disk.
b. Go to Start - Settings - Control panel.
c. Go to Add/Remove Programs - Startup-Disk - Create Disk.
d. Follow the Instructions.

This is your start-up disk!


5. At the back of your Hard Disk, there will be something called jumpers. It will be in form of protruding pins with some sort of cap over it! You'll have to choose whether to make your HDD as a slave or master. Check up the HDD or the manual for more details.

6. Connect the HDD to the Free IDE cable. Generally, the IDE cable will be Y shaped.( the loose sense). I meant that it will have 3 connectores in the same cable. One will be attached to the mother-board. The other one may be attached to the existing HDD or the CD-ROM or other IDE devices (NOT FLOPPY DISKS). If it is already attached to the HDD, check up what the jumper setting is for that existing HDD. If it is master, then the new HDD to be connected to the one of the 3 ends of the exisitng IDE cable, has to be set as slave. (vice-versa). The same is the case for CD-Rom drive too!

7. If the IDE connector is exclusively for the new HDD, then it can be set as  master.

8. Then go to BIOS setup and auto detect the new HDD. Save the new settings. In the BIOS enable both the IDE Channels. There are 2 IDE channels/Primary channel and Secondary Channel. Enable both. Save the settings.

9. Boot from the Start-up disk. Dont opt for CD-ROM support. Once it has come to A: prompt, execute FDISK command. The instructions will be self explnatory. Choose FAT32 mode of Format if there is a choice. Create a primary partition and then the other partitions. Use FAT32 type for everything, if the option is available.

10. Now, restart in Windows. It should now automatically configure your system for the new HDD.
You can check it up from Start-Settings-Control Panel-System-Device Manager-Disk Drives. You can see your HDD's Model Number.

All the Best!
I have imported "Disk Administrator" from NT4 into my Win2000 installation. It works better than any other formating/partitioning app that I know of.  If you would like, I can send it to you with instructions on how to integrate it into Win2000.
BadAttitude: Why did you bother doing that? The Disk Administrator already built into Win2K is virtually identical to the NT equivalent! (In case you were wondering, you can find the Disk Administrator in Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management under Windows 2000).
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