NTFS & Windows2000 server installation problem

Posted on 2002-07-03
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
2 questions.

1.  my harddisk is formatted to NTFS and the windows2000 server was installed.  How can I format the harddisk again to become blank???  I think the procedure is different from FAT32

2.  How can I work out the auto-installaion of windows 2000 Server???  I don't want to answer the question....
I know there is something called unattend.bat can do, how to use it?
Question by:gorexy
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Expert Comment

ID: 7127659
If you are using NTFS and your partition was created for NTFS, you would have to delete the partition first and recreate it from scratch and format it FAT for FAT32. If all your doing is reinstalling the OS, then just format the drive as NTFS during setup.

Here is the information you need for unattended installation.



If your using RIS for unattended setup, this is done differently.

Author Comment

ID: 7128896
Thanks I will try

also, do you know that can I use only 2 computers to setup the simple LAN??  I want to test only and so I just want to use 2 computers (one is win2000 server and the other one is winXP).  But it seems it is hard to setup the Active Directory

pls advise

Accepted Solution

vb7guy earned 200 total points
ID: 7131081
You do not need to Setup Active Directory. Unless you're making on computer a Primary Domain and if your OS partition is Fat32 then you can't setup Active Directory. If you are just want to communicate with the other PC. just install OS on both PC use a small hub to connect both pcs. If you do not have a hub then use Cross over cable and Directly connect each end of the cable to network card.

P.S when installing the OS make sure to select TCPIP which should be default protocol. After the OS is installed, setup your Computer by manually assigning IP address.
If you are using a broadband ISP and they assigned you a Static IP then you may need to consult with them assigning ip address on these two pcs. If don't have broad band ISP
then you may use following range IP addresses which are Local only.
Range =  to
PC 1 =
PC 2 =
PC 3 =

If you need to setuo Active Directory then Only setup Active Directory only on one PC.

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Expert Comment

ID: 7131084
If you don't have to loose OS on you NTFS partition then I recommend two software which formats you drive on the fly and you won't loose your data.

system commander by http://www.v-com.com/
partition magic

Author Comment

ID: 7131085
how can I setup the DNS, Gateway IP address in the AD computer??

Expert Comment

ID: 7131118
Once Again, if you have a broadband ISP then please consult with them on assigning IPS addresses. If you don't have a broadband ISP and only have two pcs then you do not need DNS or Gateway IP.
on my home setup I have Verizon Online DSL.
my DSL Modem is now setup as a router and by default the Gateway IP address is
Since Verizon offers a dynamic IP address I can use my internal IP Addresses too and My Router reroute the traffice from my internal IP addresses to outside using DHCP. So, here is sample on small LAN setup.

ISP Assigned IP Address are on the Router only, and they could be any thing.
Gateway IP address:
DHCP server = Same as Gateway
DNS Primary =
DNS Secondary =
Subnetmask = *** (All pcs should this subnet mask or your network will not work)
PC 1 =
PC 2 =
PC 3 =
you can have up 255 PCs and it depends on the router. My DSL modem/Router only assigns 64 PCs.


Author Comment

ID: 7131122
NO I just want to try to connect 2 pcs for testing.

anyway I successfully connected 2 pcs together already.

Can I ask one more question?
I got 2 SCSI harddisks (A & B)on the old server.  One day, I take out one harddisk (B), and replug in after 2 days.  The h/d A can't boot!!  why??  So what should I do?
I use NT4 server

Expert Comment

ID: 7132212
The first question I would ask is that, were you able to boot your system when you removed the Drive "B".
You may have both drives formated as active drive. If the Drive is Fat32 boot to a DOS prompt and type fdisk and get partition information on both drives. if the "Status" says "A" then the drive is Active. if both drive says active then you have problem. The only way make one drive inactive is to repartition the second drive and reformat it.
if you use System commmander or Partition magic then you can make the drive inactive without loosing the data.

Author Comment

ID: 7132240
yes I can boot if "B" doesn't exist.
No, both are in NTFS
both drive got the data, I don't want to format it.

Expert Comment

ID: 7132243
I just gave you enough information that you can only get it from a Networking class.  Next time, if you're planning on asking multiple question then submit them separately or assign enough points. I don't 5 points is sufficient for the information I provided. I won't ask you for more points, but next time please be generous.

Expert Comment

ID: 7132251
I just gave you enough information that you can only get it from a Networking class.  Next time, if you're planning on asking multiple question then submit them separately or assign enough points. I don't 5 points is sufficient for the information I provided. I won't ask you for more points, but next time please be generous.

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