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Having trouble getting into FDISK in XP Home

By samphire
Apr 4, 2003
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  1. Perhaps I have made the wrong start-up disk? I have made an MS-DOS Start up Disk - but when I'm in DOS as type in FDISK, I get an bad command message.

    Any ideas?

    (I'm trying to format and partion a seconday HDD).

    Many thanks.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Any special reason why you can't use the management's console's disk management snap in to partition and format the disk? Right click my computer and select manage. There is a disk management tab. You can do all of this with a graphical interface whilst the OS is running..
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    How did you create the DOS startup disk?
    You have to manually copy all the utilities to the floppy.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    FDISK is old news. Start/Control panel/Adminstrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Manager should do it.

    FDISK will probalby not properly handle NTFS formatted volumes. FDISK is for DOS and DOS only handles FAT file systems.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    FDISK has nothing to do with formatting volumes, the only limitation is that it supports only DOS partitioning scheme (so you won't be able to install Solaris on your machine, no dynamic disks either).

    But of course the XP GUI thingy ar any other partition manager is much better.
  6. samphire

    samphire TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all that!
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