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Old 05-18-2008, 06:33 AM   #1
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I decided to scratch the hd and redo everything after I just got a virus - even after the virus was gone everything was affected.

I create a C, D, and E partition. The C partition is for 98, the D for XP and the E for data. I formatted D: and installed xp - no problem there. then I went to C: and tried to format it...it went through the usual gyrations and thermometer countdown but at the end it said "Windows was unable to complete the format". Am I doing something wrong? I tried FAT, FAT32 and NTFS.

I can think of two options - 1. there is something wrong with the hard drive 2. I should have worked with C: first (installed 98) and then proceeded to install XP

Help anyone!!!!
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Old 05-18-2008, 06:52 AM   #2
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You have to install Windows 98 first.
Boot the computer with a Parted Magic CD.
Delete the partitions - then create a FAT32 partition for Windows 98 - leave the rest of the HDD unformatted.

Install Windows 98.
When running Win 98 >> insert the XP disc.
XP installation will start >> choose New install (not upgrade).
After a little while the computer will restart and boot from the XP disc.
Create an NTFS partition where you install XP.
A dual boot will be created automatically.
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Thanks! Works like a charm.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:29 PM   #4
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I'm glad you got it fixed.
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