Note: If you are using Windows 98 and a hard disk of over
64GB you will need to download this file
and use it to replace your older version of FDISK. The old version of
FDISK can be found in the C:/windows/command directory or on your boot disk if
you are using one.
Users of older versions of Windows will need to use the FDISK utility to
partition the drive and assign it a drive letter so Windows can format it.
Read this section carefully, as it is quite easy to erase your existing
partitions with FDISK if you are not sure of what you are doing.
The best way to run the FDISK program is from a clean DOS boot, and the
easiest way to boot to DOS, assuming you are using Windows 98/ME, is to boot
from the operating system CD-ROM. If your computer is not set up to boot
from the CD first, you can change it in the BIOS by typing 'del' upon restarting
the computer and changing the boot order under the 'advanced BIOS features'
Creating a windows 9x/ME boot floppy if
The second best way to do this procedure is to create a
floppy boot disk. This is necessary for Windows 95 users, as the CD is not
bootable, and can be a useful thing to have around for all other users. While it
is completely possible to create a
boot disk from inside any version of Windows 9x/ME, in some cases
this disk may not contain all the utilities and drivers that you will
Fortunately, many third-party websites can provide the disk images
necessary to make your own complete boot disk for just about any operating
Bootdisk.com is an excellent example, and their selection
of disk images can
be found here.
Simply download the file appropriate for your operating system, insert a blank
1.44MB floppy disk and double click the file. You now have a bootable
Partitioning and formatting
To Boot from the CD boot the computer with the CD in the
drive and choose option 2. Start the computer with CD-ROM support, and when
the command prompt shows up, assuming your Windows directory is on drive C:, type:
The other way is to boot from the floppy
disk and choose start computer without CD-ROM support. At the command
prompt type: 'fdisk' to start the FDISK program.