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Fdisk - No fixed disk present

by NYMichigan / March 20, 2004 4:54 AM PST

I was given a computer that has Win98. The system says there isn't a FAT32 partition and to run Fdisk using the boot disk. I put the boot disk in, at the A prompt I typed c:\ pressed enter, then fdisk. The computer responded with "No fixed disk present". Has then happened to anyone? If so, pls explain what I can do if anything. thanks

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Re:Fdisk - No fixed disk present
by Michael Geist / March 20, 2004 5:42 AM PST

Run fdisk from the A:>prompt, as this program on the bootdisk or should be.

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Re:Fdisk - No fixed disk present
by Kees Bakker / March 20, 2004 6:46 AM PST

Reboot. Press del or esc or f10 or f8 or whatever it is on your computer to get into the BIOS. The first screen (typically named 'general') gives information on the four IDE devices. One of them should be a hard disk. If not, there is something wrong with the hardware.

Then, as Michael says, run fdisk from the a:> prompt, and see what it says.


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Re:Re:Fdisk - No fixed disk present
by prmanewb-toast / March 28, 2004 12:59 PM PST

If all the drives are set to 'none', try setting the primary master to 'auto', or see if the BIOS has a auto-detect function. If that fails, check the hardware and installation. If it's set to 'user', it may be set to the wrong parameters, which can sometimes act the same as a bad cable/contoller/hdd.

Also, if you see 'integrated peripherals' in the top level BIOS setup, go in and make sure the IDE controllers are enabled, not turned off. Wink

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