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meek_imp May 14, 2002 04:30 AM

Cannot create C: drive [Toshiba; 100CS; dos]
OK....i did a low level format on my hard drive using the correct Seagate utility. So i boot up with a DOS bootdisk and go into Fdisk.
Under partition information it says 1 current fixed disk drive with no partitions defined. Now if i go in and create a primary DOS partition and set it active, then go into the partition information screen, it says that it is created and set active. SO far so good.
Now when i quit from Fdisk, it tells me to insert a DOS system disk into drive this the same thing as a bootdisk??? When i put my bootdisk in it reboots into DOS no problem, but then there is no c: drive. If i type c: at the prompt it says invalid drive specification. When i go into Fdisk it says there are no partitions defined.
Do i need to use a different utility from Fdisk?? Or have i totally fu**ed something up??

Thanks in advance.

Roger Moore May 14, 2002 04:31 AM

Run FDISK and create the partition. Then set it as active and reboot.

Boot into DOS with your boot disk and FORMAT c:

format c: /s

That will format c: then you will be able to use it.


sickmanofasia May 14, 2002 04:41 AM

meek_imp you did every thing right except you changed dir just format c:
as roger moore says

Roger Moore May 14, 2002 04:44 AM

The format process can take a long time so if it is taking a while don't worry.

Just incase you didn't know the switch /s (not supported in ME and above) will copy system files to your hard drive.

You could just do format c: if you wanted to.


meek_imp May 14, 2002 05:30 AM

Okay i did exactly as told.....exited FDisk...the first thing i type at the DOS promt A:\> the following.......

format c: /s

All it says is invalid drive specification.

It appears that when i exit Fdisk and boot back into DOS it is not retaining the settings created in Fdisk.

Roger Moore May 14, 2002 06:05 AM

If thats the case it sounds like FDISK can't write to the HD.

Do you have boot sector virus protection enabled in the BIOS?


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