Start the DOS prompt, go to the root directory (cd \) and use
This finds all files and directries with the hidden file attrib set, in
all subdirectories and gives it in brief format.
I then used
attrib -h -s -r filename
to "unset" the hidden, system and read-only attributes. You will probably
need to do this from restarting in DOS mode. Maybe you can do it from
selecting the files in WIN95 and selecting properties - not sure.
One thing you can also do is search for the *.da0 files and delete them
(they were system.dat and user.dat backup files on my machine which are
created again on startup/shutdown?).
Also empty your recycled bin.
I then selected the *.dat files and unset the attributes from WIN95 by
selecting files, properties when highlighted. Don't do anthing now except
run defrag from the My Computer icon, selecting c:, properties, tools.
Doing anything else seems reset the h,s,r attrib flags.
I like to watch the defrag process - the unmovable clusters show up as red
squares - then I know if I've moved all the data to the top since I can
scan the whole disk if I choose "show details".
Of course monkeying around unsetting these attributes, having the file move
may cause difficulties if the WIN system can't find them again but I
haven't been able to crash my system yet.
If this works and you start to setup Linux and want WIN to load as the
default - one of the screens will show you the two and Linux will be set as
the default boot (shown with an asterisk). At the bottom you will see a
message like "press F2 to set the default boot system". Choose the dos
line and press F2. Now when your system boots at the LILO prompt if you do
nothing for 1 minute or hit enter, WIN will boot. Typing linux here will
>I just bought linux REDHAT 5.2
>Currently I have Windows95 on my computer and I want to dual boot with
>llinux. Now before installing linux Im using the program FIPS to
>shrink my existing partition (that is the windows partition).
>When using FIPS I received the following message
> Error: Last cylinder is not free.
>the parttion cannot be split if not at least
>the very last cylinder is completely free.
>Probably there is a hidden file like image.idx
>or mirorsav.fil in the last cylinder.
>Well I found the hidden file image.idx and deleted it, also image.dat
>but there was no mirorsav.fil file.So I defragment the hard drive with
>Speedisk from Norton Utilities and retried the program.
>But received the same message again.
>My question is how do I know which other files to delete, I'm assuming
>there's other hidden files in the last cylinder. So how do I identify
>I'm desperate and any help will be appreciated.