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Reformatting hard drive

I,m trying to reformatt this computer I got and when I run fdisk I get an error: no fdisk present. New at this so any info would be greatly appreciated.....

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Re: reformatting hard drive

First, you don't use fdisk to format a hard disk. And second, I think, the error message you quote as "no fdisk present" isn't the litteral text of the message.
So please tell more on what you do, and what happens.

BTW, did you have a look inside the machine to see if a it has a hard disk and if it is properly connected?


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Reformatting hard drive

I put a floppy disc to start up my computer. When start up menu comes up I chose start computer without CD rom support. Then it tells you to type fdisk and press enter. If the hard disk is larger then 512 MB it asks you if you want to partition the hard drive. This is where I get the message that no fdisk is present. I have done this before with other computers and never got this messsage before. What seems to be the problem.

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The harddrive is jumpered incorrectly?

If you have a Western Digital harddrive set as Master on a cable with nothing else on it, it requires NO JUMPER. There is one positioned sideways on the pins just as a 'docking station' for the jumper in case you need it later, but if it's all by itself on the cable, you don't have to move that jumper sitting sideways in order for it to be defaulted as Master. You only use the jumper on the Master or Cable Select position if there is a slave on the same cable or if the drive itself will be a Slave, then jumper it as Slave.


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Check in the BIOS ...

both the BIOS setup (press del or esc or f2 or a key like that early in the boot) and the display of the IDE-devices detected somewhat later during the boot.

Both should find the hard disk present, preferably (or even required) as the master on the first IDE. Or else something is wrong hardwarewise. The jumper mentioned by Toni is a good thing to start with.

Hope this helps.


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message that no fdisk is present...

Like Kees I would like to see the actual message but sinse he and Toni have assumes that you meant "no hard disk present" I will assume that your actual message is "the name specified is not recognized..." which would indicate that the FDISK utility was MISSING from your floppy.

Try typing DIR fdisk.exe from that boot floppy's A:\> prompt and see it it is there. If not try dir fdisk.exe /s from the A:\> prompt an see if it is found. If so include the full path shown to the file in using the command--if not found either add it to the floppy or use another that does have it.

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