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Win 2000 -default Installation Drive


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#1 polaris6

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:16 PM

I have a mess here.

I am trying to help a sister-in-law with her Compaq Presario 5000 desktop. It had the ME OS which was corrupted. I elected to install Win 2000, which 'appears' to be working alright.

Now I am trying to install all the other sosftware that was erased during the installation of W2K. I get/got the message that there is not enough room/space to install even an update of IE5>IE6. Further investigation shows that the HD was partitioned to C (20 GB) and D (5GB); apparently some of the 'system stuff is on D....

....but, as I try to install any additional software, like AVG, is automatically trys to store that software in D...and no matter what I do, it will not change...even when it shows the installation directory options (when I try to change from D > C, nothing happens, i.e., it does not change).

So...the question(s)....how do I change this default installation directory? Am I in a bind with the Compaq configuration? I don't have the original installation CDs; they are in Ohio; I am in NC; the sister-in-law is in Florida.

Since I installed W2K over ME, I destroyed everything ME had installed. Should I reformat the HD and start over?

Thanks.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:04 PM

The 5 gig partition is probably the recovery partition. It has (or had) a ghost image of Windows ME on it. Either that or you installed ME on the 5 gig partition and there's no room left for anything else. If it were me I'd FDisk the whole shebang (deleting all partitions) and start over

Edited by garmanma, 10 March 2008 - 07:05 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for the response.

I once lived in Cleveland (was born there), and I know how finicky the weather can be at this time of the year.

I don't think that there is a ghost image of ME on that 5GB partition (D partition). I can view the contents and it looks to be 'system' files...WINNT, Prog Files, Linksys Drivers, etc...some Compaq drivers, etc....Now just filled and only about 10MB remaining.

There is also some of the same type of files on the C partition. However, there is 19GB remaining.

Is there a way I can change the default installation drive (which is now D) to C. I have tried to install IE6SP2, Office 2000, AVG, Norton System Works, and some other packages, but they all try to install on D, where there is no room, and I don't have the option to change it. When I installed the PCI Wireless Adapter, it installed on D, but there was enough room then, so I have internet connection, but little else.

If I reformat the entire drive and remove the partitions, will I have difficulty with the Compaq 'configuration'? I know Compaq has done funny things is the past and I hope I am not now the victims of one of those 'engineering masterpieces'.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:31 PM

You're going to want to make sure you have 2K drivers onhand or know where to download them from. You could try to merge the partitions and delete duplicate files, but you'd need a partition manager. Not really sure about Compaq's configuration, I've only worked on 2 a long time ago
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:27 PM

I lived in Kent, OH in '77. I know what you mean.




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