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Yes...we need the logical disk drive info, too...we'll need to delete them first when we get started. Then the EXT DOS partitions, then the Primary DOS partition.

How many logical disk drives are listed?
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Well, I clicked yes, and it says on the next screen:

No logical drives defined.

Total Extended DOS Partition size is 9546 MBytes.
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The Esc key moves you to the previous screen...we'll need this.

Back up (Esc) to the fdisk options screen. Select option 3) Delete Partition or logical DOS drive and press "Enter"

What partitions are listed?
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1. Delete Primary DOS
2. Delete extended dos partitiion
3. Delete logical dos drive(s) in the extended dos partition
4. Delete Non-DOS partition.
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Choose option 2. Delete extended dos partitiion and press "Enter".
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It's got the partition info again and it says at the bottom

'Cannot delete Extended DOS partition while logical drives exist'

Press esc to continue.
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Previous screen...

Select 3. Delete logical dos drive(s) in the extended dos partition and press "Enter".
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Reply:

'No logical drives defined'

'All logical drives deleted in the Extended DOS partition'
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Back to the Delete Partitions screen and choose option 1. Delete Primary DOS Partition...press "Enter".
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Reply:

'No Primary Dos Partition to delete.'



Is this right?
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Nope...we're going to have to use the XP cd to get rid of that NTFS partition. Remove the floppy, put your XP cd in the drive, and press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to restart the machine. When the machine boots to the cd, begin an installation just as you would a fresh install (Setup Windows Now) When you are offered the option to delete the partition, delete all the partitions on there.

Once the partition has been deleted, remove the XP cd, put the floppy back in, and turn the machine off with the power button. Power back on and go back into the fdisk options...choose the partition info option and tell me what's there.
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Sorry for butting in (if necessary please delete this post)

May I suggest DBAN Boot and nuke? That should delete the Hard disk and then you can install Windows on it.


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Edited by -OCM770-, 24 November 2006 - 04:48 PM.

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We'll try it with what we have on hand first...Boot and Nuke is in reserve at the moment. :whistling:
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You've got to admit DBAN does a good job.


Good Luck :whistling:


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Well -OCM770- that doesn't mean much to me, I'm fairly illiterate when it comes to computers. Is it a program or something?
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