If you are installing a hard drive for the first time that will have a
Windows 98/NT operating system installed on it, the partitioning and formatting
process is basically the same, except that we have to also specify an active
partition from within FDISK.
With FDISK loaded as in the last step select (1) to create a partition and on
the next screen choose (1) to create a primary (first) partition on that drive.
Select (y) if you wish to use all the space on the drive for this one partition,
or (n) if you wish to make more than one partition on the drive now or later.
If you selected (n), enter the amount of space you wish to use for the
primary partition. Hit 'esc.' If you selected (n) and did not use the full
amount of space for your first partition, you must now make a secondary
(extended) partition using the rest of the free space. To make the extended
partition press (1) to create another partition, then (2) to create an extended
DOS partition and accept the default (maximum available) size for the
extended partition, then press 'ESC.' This will take you to the menu for
creating logical drives (volumes) in the extended partition you just made.
To create a logical drive (that is a drive visible to Windows and represented
with a drive letter such as C: or D:), simply fill in the amount of space you
require the drive to have. If you do not use all the available space, FDISK will
prompt you to create a second logical drive, and so on, until all the space in
the extended DOS partition you created previously has been accounted for. FDISK
will assign drive letters sequentially from the first available. There is no way
to alter this in Windows 9x/ME.
You must now designate an active partition, which indicates a bootable
partition that can hold an operating system. Press (2) and choose partition 1 to
From the main FDISK menu, press (4) and take note of which drive letters have
been assigned to which partitions. Press ESC twice to exit FDISK, then reboot
the computer and use the Boot CD/Floppy to return to the A:\ prompt.
If you are booting from a CD, type 'x:' where x is the drive letter of your
CD-ROM drive. This will be anywhere from D: to Z: depending on how many
partitions you just created. If you only made one, your CD will now be drive D:,
if you made two partitions on the new hard drive it will be E:, etc.
Type 'cd win98' for a Windows 98 CD to begin the installation
'cd win9x' for a Windows ME CD installation, depending on which
operating system you are using.
If you are booting from a boot floppy, and **only have the one newly
installed hard drive in the computer,** type 'format c:' then 'y' to
format it in FAT32. Note that this command should ONLY be used if you are
installing Windows freshly onto the new hard drive. If you already
have data on your c:\ drive, formatting it with this command will erase all the
data on it completely!
Once the format is complete, you can simply type 'setup' to begin the Windows
98/ME installation process
Formatting in the Windows 9x
Since you have used FDISK to create a partition or
partitions on the new hard drive, one or more new volumes should be
present when you open 'my computer' on your Windows 9x/ME desktop. To use these, you
must now format the fresh partitions, which is accomplished by simply right clicking
the volume you wish to format in Windows Explorer (not IE mind you) and
selecting the 'format' option. Do not use the quick format