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Split a 60 gig hard drive into two 30GB partitons. Now one of the partitions is saying something like that hard disk is not attached. The other partition works fine. They are both physically the same drive but the second partitions is not attached according to windows 98.

Sorry I don't have more info, this question is for a friend.
 

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I believe it was partitioned using the disk that came with the hard drive (western digital).
 
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Here are some good instructions.................:D

In this example we are removing two partitions from a hard drive. There is one primary DOS partition (C: ) and one Extended DOS partition with a Logical DOS drive (D: ) on it. When removing partitions it is best to remove them in this order:
Logical DOS Drive
Extended DOS Partition
Primary DOS Partition

Below are the complete instructions to walk you through the process of removing existing partitions on your hard drive.

1.) Insert the Startup/Boot disk in the floppy disk drive, restart your computer. When the Microsoft Windows 98/95 Startup menu is displayed, select the Start computer without CD-ROM support menu option, and then press Enter.
At a command prompt, type fdisk, and then press Enter.

2.) The first screen you will see will ask you - Do you wish to enable large disk support?

Press Y and then press Enter. This will enable the FAT32 file system

3.) After you press Enter, the following fdisk Options menu is displayed:


Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive
Set active partition
Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive
Display partition information
Change current fixed disk drive

**Note** that the 5th option is available only if you have two physical hard disks in the computer.
4.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.

5.) After you press Enter, the following fdisk Options menu is displayed:

Delete Primary DOS Partition
Delete Extended DOS Partition
Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition
Delete Non-DOS Partition
6.) Press 3 to select Delete Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition menu option, and then press Enter.
7.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: What drive do you want to delete. Press Z and then press Enter. **Note** Z represents the drive letter that corresponds with your logical drive

8.) The next sentence states Enter Volume Label. If your partition doesn’t have a volume label then leave this blank and press Enter, if it does then type it in and then press Enter.

9.) The next sentence states Are you sure (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.

10.) Press ESC twice to get back to the main fdisk menu.

11.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter

12.) Press 2 to select Delete Extended DOS Partition menu option, and then press Enter.

13.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: Do you wish to continue (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.

14.) Press ESC to get back to the main fdisk menu.

15.) Press 3 to select the Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.

16.) Press 1 to select Delete Primary DOS Partition Press Y and then press Enter.

17.) After you press Enter, you will get the following sentence: What primary partition do you want to delete..?). Press 1 and then press Enter.

18.) The next sentence states Enter Volume Label. If your partition doesn’t have a volume label then leave this blank and press Enter, if it does then type it in and then press Enter.

19.) The next sentence states Are you sure (Y/N). Press Y and then press Enter.

20.) Press ESC to get to the main fdisk menu

21.) You are now ready to create your partition or partitions.

The Next step which is how to partition a hard drive.

Now that you have removed all of the partitions from your hard drive, it is now time to partition your hard drive. To partition a master hard disk, you will use the fdisk command. Fdisk is a DOS and Windows utility that is used to partition a hard disk, which is necessary before high- level formatting.
Below are the complete instructions to walk you through the process of creating partitions on your hard drive.


1.) Insert the Startup disk in the floppy disk drive, restart your computer. When the Microsoft Windows 98 Startup menu is displayed, select the Start computer without CD-ROM support menu option, and then press Enter.

At a command prompt, type fdisk, and then press Enter.

2.) Do you wish to enable large disk support?

Press Y and then press Enter. This will enable the FAT32 file system

3.) After you press Enter, the following fdisk options menu is displayed:

Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive
Set active partition
Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive
Display partition information
Change current fixed disk drive

**Note** that option 5 is available only if you have two physical hard disks in the computer.

4.) Press 1 to select the Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.

5.) Press 1 to select the Create Primary DOS Partition menu option, and then press Enter.

6.) After you press Enter, you receive the following message: Do you wish to use the maximum available size for primary DOS partition?

A.) After you receive this message, use the following method:

B.) Press Y if you want all of the space on the hard disk to be assigned to drive C, press Y, and then press Enter. Go to Step 7

C.) Press N if you do not want all of the space on the hard disk to be assigned to drive C.

a.) If you select N then continue to follow these instructions.

b.) Enter the size of the partition you wish to make and then press Enter.

c.) Press ESC.

d.) Press 1 to select the Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive menu option, and then press Enter.

e.) Press 2 to select the Create Extended Partition menu option, and then press Enter.

f.) Press Enter to create an extended DOS partition that uses up the rest of the hard drive.

g.) Press ESC. After pressing ESC fdisk will automatically try to create a logical DOS drive.

h.) Enter the size of the second partition you wish to create and then press Enter.

i.) If you created your second partition to use the entire size of the Extended DOS Partition then go to Step 7.

J.) If not then repeat step h until you have used up the rest of the Extended DOS Partition then go to Step 7.

7.) Press ESC, and then press ESC to quit the fdisk tool and return to a command prompt.

8.) Reboot. You are now ready to format the partitions that you just created.

The next step which is how to format the partitions you just created.
 
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Formatting

Now you need to Format.

Boot to the floppy without CD-Rom support.

At the A prompt type format c:/s

Select yes

When it's finished you can enter a volume label such as hard drive or you can leave it blank.

Now boot to the floppy one more time, This time select boot with CD-Rom support

At the A prompt select E:\ enter.

This is assuming you have one hard drive and one CD-Rom. The E could be an F or some other letter depending on the amount of IDE devices you have.

With the Win98 CD in the drive type setup, Enter this should start loading the Operating System.....

Have fun.....
 
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