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    Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Right, my hard drive atm is partitioned (40gig each part.). I brought a new hard drive the other day due to running out of space (my D:\ part. is full and my C:\ part. which I norm use just for windows, is starting to get full). I installed my new hard drive and it seemed like it was working fine, so I put the stuff I had on my C:\ drive onto my new drive, then I formatted my windows drive (C:\) to start a fresh on it. I had trouble installing windows 98 (which I have done lots of time before) in that it crashed once, then I formatted again, and now I am being told that I cannot format C:\ without losing all of my data on the drive, it is not even recognised in DOS, if I type C:\, I get told "invalid parameter" (I think). So then I tried it with my new drive and hay presto, the same thing. So I used my sisters hard drive and when using it with one of my other drives in windows, which are buggered, it says "D:\ is not accesible. The parameter is incorrect". and I went into Manage and all I could do in there was convert the disk to a basic disk. So the only solution I can see is too format both the drives again but I REALLY don't want to do that as I will lose so much data. Can anyone please help me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am desperate!!!!!!!!!

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    hmmmm well if it is tallking about converting it to a basic drive then you might have it set to a dynamic drive..... which are only readable in win 2000 and xp. A basic drive is a 'normal' drive. try converting it.

    Also be aware that win 98 has issues about installing anywhere other than the first partition of the first drive...

    good luck let me know how you do....


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    Cheers mate, I'll try and give it a go

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    If the drive is dynamic and not basic then windows 98 just won't be able to use it. Infact, even windows 2k/XP have their quibbles with them.

    Furthermore, to convert back to a basic disk, you lose all data on the drive :\

    You'll have to try to read the data off from a 2k/XP machine, then wipe it, and copy the data back once made basic & formatted, if you can.
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