Hey guys, some fun with my Quantum HDD

Toshiba / Satellite l305d
June 18, 2011 at 23:19:29
Specs: Windows 7, 2.1 GHz / 4GB
So, I decided to install Novell DOS 7, because I wanted to use it. So, i put in my Quantum HDD. I had W98SE installed on a partition. Anyway, I thought the disk was larger than 19469 (20GB), and it isn't. I partitioned it with Novell FDISK (Excellent tool, better than MS FDisk) and installed. I have a problem booting. So, I used my Windows 98 SE CD-ROM, and checked the disk with MS FDISK. This is what I see:

Display Partition Information

Current Fixed Disk Drive: 1

Partition Status Type Volume Label Mbytes System Usage
C: 1 A PRI DOS NOVELLDOS7 2047 FAT16 11%
D: 2 PRI DOS 19469 FAT32 100%

Total Disk Space is 19469 Mbytes (1 Mbyte = 1048576 bytes)

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My question is: How in the hell is this even possible? I went over the HDD Boundary. And I didn't think that was possible. Did it overlap the second partition, or did it get screwed up (Software says partition exists, Hardware says partition exists, Partition is really non-existant). I found this to be kind of funny.

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June 19, 2011 at 00:23:58
Looks like the MBR is mucked up. You can probably fix it by running fdisk/mbr and you'll likely need to reinstall DOS.

You don't say what you did when you installed the dos. Normally you'd at least format the drive because barring some kind of boot loader, both 98 and dos will want to be the primary partition.

I'm not sure if that novell dos is fat32 capable but I notice you installed it on a fat16 partition. Maybe that was part of the problem too, but it shouldn't have been.

Also, when putting a used drive in a different computer it's always best to repartition the drive in the new computer as sometimes one bios will see the drive slightly different than another.

I think I'd stick with the ms dos version of fdisk.

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June 19, 2011 at 01:12:24
I just ran scandisk on the drive and it fixed the partitions. And it was the MBR. And, when I installed DOS, Novell DOS 7 told me to put the partitions in, it updated the MBR and formatted and SYSed the partitions. And as I recently found out, there can be 2 primary partitions. No, Novell DOS 7 isn't FAT32 compatible. At least, I think that is how it is. INSTALL formatted the partition to FAT16, probably because it was so small. And, I owned the drive from an old IBM NetVista that I was using for Novell ZENworks TFTP Imaging, which by the way, is so fun. Especially when you find that the hard disk is fried and it still says "Image restored successfully." But, I have always loved ZENworks and other Novell products, and that is why I stay with them. BTW, I will keep with MS Fdisk from now on.

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June 19, 2011 at 09:56:33
You need to learn about virtual machines.

All of those fdisks were crummy. They overlapped partitions.

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June 19, 2011 at 23:14:38
I know about VMs. I use them all the time. But, I wanted to regulate what hardware I put into my PC, and I have several spares, so that is why I used a spare. Now I just have a problem with connecting DOS to my Novell eDirectory Tree. Damn workgroups.

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