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#1 mark9

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 06:44 PM

I recentley inherited an old lavienx laptop which originally I believe had windows 98. I replaced the harddrive but when I switch on I am told that I need to run phdisk and create new partition, does anyone know where I can get a phdisk for 98 I believe it is a floppy disc which I could download but I dont have a floppy drive. Or if there are alternatives and possibly more updated versions of windows I can use and still create a new partition on the hard drive I would like to know.
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#2 garmanma

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 07:55 PM

You threw me there for a minute. The command is FDISK. You need to download a bootdisk to a floppy. You can download one here
www.bootdisk.com Use the ME one
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 08:12 PM

Hello and welcome to BC!


Nothing native to Windows 98 will tell you to create a hard drive partition.
That does not happen. Something else might be going on.

More information would be really helpful
Make & model of the system
What you have done so far and where you are at currently

Here is a link to a tech article what phdisk does
http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=14860

Is it useful or needed?
Not sure

Edited by Eyesee, 20 March 2008 - 08:13 PM.

In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:45 AM

After reading Eyesee's link I guess the first thing we need to determine is what exactly is it that you need. If you put a new hard drive in it and now you want to partition, format and install an OS, you need FDISK. I'm not familiar with Phdisk
As for no floppy drive, do you have a USB slot or a pcmcia-USB card? If so you might be able to use a thumb drive. Not sure if your old BIOS will recognize it
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:33 PM

98 second edition cd's are bootable. First edition cd's are not.

Looks to me that phdisk is only a powr mamagement utility that can be disabled in the system BIOS.

With a new drive it must be fdisked and formatted before you can use it.

The moldel number of this system would really be helpful
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 02:38 AM

Actually, if I remember correctly, it's just like 'The Wizard of OZ'. When Dorothy and gang are going through the poppy field, suddenly everything is in colour.

98SE CD's are only bootable if you are closer to the Emerald Palace... :thumbsup:




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