Drive c not avail. No hard disk DOS partition found. Partiti

Ast / Adventure 414
August 9, 2012 at 09:39:30
Specs: win 95
Im trying to restore my very old computer (Win 95) with the restore disks. I am getting this msg:
Drive c: is not available. No hard disk DOS partition found! Please partition and format your hard drive before you run this utility. I do not know how to do this can you help?

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#1
August 9, 2012 at 09:58:32
You'll probably have to boot off a Win95 startup disk, then run FDISK from the DOS prompt.

How to use FDISK


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#2
August 9, 2012 at 17:00:26
Which old computer? If it has restore disks, it may also have had hidden partitions that contain part of the BIOS code. Which the restore disks would re-write if that were possible - but it seems perhaps it isn't. Make and model number please, other information always welcome too.

Lee


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#3
August 9, 2012 at 19:29:01
If it's very old (and been sitting around a while) then the BIOS battery may be to blame. If it discharged, then it likely lost the settings for the HDD and will need to be replaced. Then input the correct HDD geometry into the BIOS (if it doesn't auto-detect) and see if that works...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
August 9, 2012 at 21:24:10
I rambled on a bit about partitioning and formating in this thread:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Once you've checked the battery and made sure the hard drive is properly identified in cmos/bios setup you may want to read my # 13 there. If you have the original version of 95 it won't be fat32 capable so you can ignore those references.

Some of the old motherboards used rechargable batteries that always eventually leaked. If yours is one of those you'll need a soldering iron to replace it. Make a notation of the battery polarity before removing the old one so you don't install the new one wrong.


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#5
August 10, 2012 at 07:43:21
This computer is an AST Adventure 414! Yes it has been sitting for quite awhile at least 6 years I wanted to get it running so my younger kids could use it for school work. I am not really that computer savvy so a lot of what everyone is saying is greek to me. I wiped out an old gateway several years ago and it was easy. I thought I could do the same thing with this one. I am not sure what I am going to do but thank you all for your input I really appreciate the help.

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#6
August 10, 2012 at 11:38:35
Either the computer isn't seeing the hard drive or it's not seeing a partition on the hard drive. When you first start it up there should be a message on the screen about pushing a particular key to go into setup. Do that and see if it shows the hard drive. There may be an option to set bios defaults. Probably do that too. Then save and exit and boot from the restore disk again.

I'd think the restore disk could partition and format the drive but if you get the same message again you'll need a 95 floppy bootdisk from someplace like bootdisk.com. It should have the FDISK and FORMAT commands necessary to prepare the drive.

Or in the long run it may be easier to find a used, but already working, computer at a garage sale or similar.


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#7
August 10, 2012 at 19:14:17
Is the restore disk a floppy? Usually they are CDs, but a little research done on your model number indicates to my best understanding that the last available BIOS file (05603033.EXE) was dated feb 97 which puts it on the brink of CDs to begin with. That and I found a hard disk restore floppy executable at Sandy Flat's (click here) site (AST miscellaneous) which has some of the quoted error messages you report in it's autoexec.bat file. So I'm thinking that's what you are looking at. That is a proper bootdisk and with CDROM drivers current for that day and age. Do you have a CDROM drive installed? Make and model again for that too. That info is usually found on the back of the frame of the drive itself which means you might have to "open the hood" and go inside to find out.

It will give that error message if the custom made isccdrom.exe file that is run has an error level of 255 - no saying what that really means as far as hard drive detection goes as it may NOT be the last word in hard drive detecting utilities. But if you have a problem with the hard drive not being formatted and partitioned you would wind up here for sure. You have both format.exe and fdisk.exe on board the floppy, proper path statements have already been submitted, all you need do next is type
fdisk /show
and you will be presented with what the fdisk program can make of your hardrive and it's current condition. Please report what it says.

What you've got is really old and perhaps someday worth a penny or two - the company is long, long gone.

Lee


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