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July 19, 2004 5:21:16 PM

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When I did a clean install of W2K Pro, it didn't ask me to format as I
thought. I want to reformat and partition the HD. Is there a way to make
install format HD first? Thanks.

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Anonymous
July 19, 2004 5:38:17 PM

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When install offers the opportunity, delete that partition, then select
the unallocated space as your install target. It will then ask which
type of formatting you want. Then select, and go.

Dan wrote:
> When I did a clean install of W2K Pro, it didn't ask me to format as I
> thought. I want to reformat and partition the HD. Is there a way to make
> install format HD first? Thanks.
>
>
July 19, 2004 8:18:59 PM

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That's what I thought. But when it showed existing partition, I couldn't
delete by pressing "D".

"Dan Seur" <click@casta.net> wrote in message
news:#B0ftebbEHA.2520@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> When install offers the opportunity, delete that partition, then select
> the unallocated space as your install target. It will then ask which
> type of formatting you want. Then select, and go.
>
> Dan wrote:
> > When I did a clean install of W2K Pro, it didn't ask me to format as I
> > thought. I want to reformat and partition the HD. Is there a way to make
> > install format HD first? Thanks.
> >
> >
>
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Anonymous
July 19, 2004 10:46:24 PM

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Are you installing by either booting from the CD or from the 4 setup
diskettes? If not, it occurs to me that you may be running the install
*UNDER* W2k or some other OS, which will not allow you to maltreat the
current system partition. Just a thought; if, for example, you launch
the winnt.exe or winnt32.exe installer from within a running system,
that'll be the symptom (I believe.)

Dan wrote:

> That's what I thought. But when it showed existing partition, I couldn't
> delete by pressing "D".
>
> "Dan Seur" <click@casta.net> wrote in message
> news:#B0ftebbEHA.2520@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>
>>When install offers the opportunity, delete that partition, then select
>>the unallocated space as your install target. It will then ask which
>>type of formatting you want. Then select, and go.
>>
>>Dan wrote:
>>
>>>When I did a clean install of W2K Pro, it didn't ask me to format as I
>>>thought. I want to reformat and partition the HD. Is there a way to make
>>>install format HD first? Thanks.
>>>
>>>
>>
>
>
July 20, 2004 12:00:42 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

Yes, I had an OS and I wanted to replace it with W2K. I tried both CD and
disks bootup, but neither allowed me to format the HD. Thanks.

"Dan Seur" <click@casta.net> wrote in message
news:o 5Xg4KebEHA.808@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Are you installing by either booting from the CD or from the 4 setup
> diskettes? If not, it occurs to me that you may be running the install
> *UNDER* W2k or some other OS, which will not allow you to maltreat the
> current system partition. Just a thought; if, for example, you launch
> the winnt.exe or winnt32.exe installer from within a running system,
> that'll be the symptom (I believe.)
>
> Dan wrote:
>
> > That's what I thought. But when it showed existing partition, I couldn't
> > delete by pressing "D".
> >
> > "Dan Seur" <click@casta.net> wrote in message
> > news:#B0ftebbEHA.2520@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
> >
> >>When install offers the opportunity, delete that partition, then select
> >>the unallocated space as your install target. It will then ask which
> >>type of formatting you want. Then select, and go.
> >>
> >>Dan wrote:
> >>
> >>>When I did a clean install of W2K Pro, it didn't ask me to format as I
> >>>thought. I want to reformat and partition the HD. Is there a way to
make
> >>>install format HD first? Thanks.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
> >
> >
>
Anonymous
July 20, 2004 3:26:24 PM

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Hmm. I'm groping in the dark now. How about BIOS settings protecting
that HDD? (Boot sector antivirus setting?)

If all else fails, maybe a W98 fdisk? Believe you can find this on the
web if necessary.)

Ultimately, a 3rd party utility, like Partition Magic etc.

And before you consider leaping out a window, you can always mount the
HDD, on that or another machine, as something other than Primary
Master...then boot to something and wipe that partition.

Dan wrote:
> Yes, I had an OS and I wanted to replace it with W2K. I tried both CD and
> disks bootup, but neither allowed me to format the HD. Thanks.
>
> "Dan Seur" <click@casta.net> wrote in message
> news:o 5Xg4KebEHA.808@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>
>>Are you installing by either booting from the CD or from the 4 setup
>>diskettes? If not, it occurs to me that you may be running the install
>>*UNDER* W2k or some other OS, which will not allow you to maltreat the
>>current system partition. Just a thought; if, for example, you launch
>>the winnt.exe or winnt32.exe installer from within a running system,
>>that'll be the symptom (I believe.)
>>
>>Dan wrote:
>>
>>
>>>That's what I thought. But when it showed existing partition, I couldn't
>>>delete by pressing "D".
>>>
>>>"Dan Seur" <click@casta.net> wrote in message
>>>news:#B0ftebbEHA.2520@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
>>>
>>>
>>>>When install offers the opportunity, delete that partition, then select
>>>>the unallocated space as your install target. It will then ask which
>>>>type of formatting you want. Then select, and go.
>>>>
>>>>Dan wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>When I did a clean install of W2K Pro, it didn't ask me to format as I
>>>>>thought. I want to reformat and partition the HD. Is there a way to
>
> make
>
>>>>>install format HD first? Thanks.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>
>
Anonymous
July 21, 2004 4:01:43 PM

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If you start with a newly formatted drive and load a
Windows O/S, it's greedy and will take the whole thing.

I would fdisk, then create a primary boot partition of
some size, up to 510 MB, and install MS DOS (w/FAT file
structure), and have a CD-ROM driver identified in the
config.sys file.

Then, I'd use fdisk to create another partition intended
for Win2K, making sure not to use up the remaining space
on hard drive, but would save some for another
partition. Format the partition intended for Win2K in
NTFS file structure. The "other" partition can be
formated using fdisk, or in Win2K, once that O/S is
loaded.

I'd boot to C: DOS, with CDROM boot capability. Might
have to go into BIOS and set boot order to 1. floppy, 2.
CDROM, 3. Hard Drive. Then I'd put the Win2K install cd
in and reboot. The install cd might require 4 floppys to
go along with the install process. If so, you need to
have them handy, and when you reboot, start with floppy
empty. It'll prompt your for floppy #1, #2, etc.


Regards

>-----Original Message-----
>When I did a clean install of W2K Pro, it didn't ask me
to format as I
>thought. I want to reformat and partition the HD. Is
there a way to make
>install format HD first? Thanks.
>
>
>.
>
Anonymous
July 21, 2004 5:02:02 PM

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I've seen how GRUB prohibited the access to MBR and partition table.
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