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NTFS hard drive to FAT32?

Posted on 2004-11-05
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I have an older Windows NT computer that was formated and now I want 98SE. 98 won't install becuase the hard drive is NTFS. I deleted all t he partitions and formated the hard drive, but it still doesn't like it. It tells me to create a partition. I don't really want one. I just want 98SE. The problem is, I have no operating system installed. I can't run any partition program, unless it can be run in DOS from a Windows 98 startup disk. The good news is, there nothing on the hard drive, so I don't have a problem formatting. Is there something special I have to use to format to FAT32?
Question by:sjaguar13
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Boot to a 98 Boot disk and try to use FDISK to delete the partition.  If this disk has more than one Primary partition, then FDISK might not work (also, FDISK might not work on an NTFS partition.

If that fails, your BEST option is to get a copy of Partition Magic or Partition Commander and that should be able to modify the partitions.  If you have the time and want to try a free solution, you can try to download Knoppix from www.linuxiso.org - it;s a version of linux on a bootable CD.  Using this, you can use the linux FDISK to delete the partition (probably to create partitions as well).  But's it's cryptic.  I'll try to post some links for doing this.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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This may help you repartition - it describes the process, including software such as Ranish Partition Manager

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Partition Magic worked. I have it installed on my computer, but I thought it had to be installed on the computer you wanted to manage the partitions. I just figured out the whole create utility disk thing. I ran Partition Magic and it showed the hard drive as not formated. I clicked format as fat32 and it was done. Windows 98 installed quite easily.

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