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1) if the disk in question is your boot disk, you must put
it on IDE BUS 0 (IDE-0) as your master drive. (In theory, you can
violate this, but not in practice.) If it is the only
drive on the bus and it is a Western digital drive, remove your
master slave jumper (WD disks require an actual slave disk, if you strap
2) boot into your BIOS setup (typically <del> or <f2> or <f1>)
3) go into your Auto IDE detection and verify that your hard drive
is detected correctly
4) if the disk is your boot disk, before you leave BIOS setup, go
to your advanced settings and make sure you are booting off
of drive C: (also called IDE-0 and Primary Master)
5) exit and save; make sure you see your hard drive on the BIOS splash screen
as your computer reboots. If the BIOS can't see your HD, DO NOT BOTHER WITH
6) boot into to dos or a windows 9x dos box (called "Command Prompt")
7) Now we are back to fdisk. run fdisk to erase the old partition. Then
your fat partition.
8) You will need to reboot and format the disk before you can actually use it
format d: /u if it is your second disk and second
format c: /s /u if it is your boot disk
> thanks for answering my question, but....
> The problem is when I boot in DOS, the PC can't find the HD.
> can you guess what the problem might be? ( I had set the HD for slave HD,
> I'm sure the hardware setting is right, but the DOS still can find the HD)
> >Subject: Re: Hard Disk problem- can't change the ext format back to fat
> >Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 23:36:36 -0800
> >Hi Raymond,
> > You need to boot off a dos or windows 95/98 boot floppy. If
> >you have a W98 CD-ROM, that will work as well.
> > You then need to run the M$ partition tool, called "fdisk" to remove
> >ext2 partition and then re-partition it as fat.
> > Good luck,