Where is my Second Partition ?

March 20, 2011 at 04:28:06
Specs: Windows ME
I reformatted my Hard Disk Drive with a C:(active DOS partition) and a Extended DOS partiton, both on FAT32.

What happeend to the Extended DOS partition ? How do I see these 2 partitons on my installed Windows ME ? With XP, I can see these by going to Control Panel - Administrator - Computer Management. What is the equivalent on ME ?

I wanted a second drive on my current hard dsk. either D: or another drive letter to use as a file storage so that my hard drive has C and D (or another letter) drive. Currently when I click on MY COMPUTER, it shows Local Disk C:, Removable Disk D: even though I don't know how to access or where this Removable D dirve is.

I'd be grateful for any help on how to create this 2nd drive - perhaps by accessing the 2nd partition and formatting it ?? If so, how to access it ?. Thanks


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March 20, 2011 at 08:15:55
If the 2nd partition isn't formatted, it will not be recognized by Windows. Create a WinME boot floppy, boot off it & select "minimal boot". At the A:\> prompt, type FDISK & press ENTER. Enable large disk support, then press 4 to display the partition info. If a 2nd partition is listed but not formatted, exit FDISK, reboot off the floppy, but this time run the FORMAT command from the A:\> prompt

A:\>format X:

X = the drive letter assigned to the 2nd partition


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March 20, 2011 at 21:17:52
You can't format an extended partition. You can only format logical drives you create within the extended partition. So when you say you formatted the extended partition I'm not exactly sure what you mean, unless you neglected to mention you did create the logical drives. Also, once you create the logical drives 9X/ME assigns them a drive letter. At that point the drives shoiuld show in My Computer even if they're not formatted. Of course you can't use them until they are formatted.

Run fdisk, Y to large disk support and then option 4. Does the drive information show logical drives in the extended partition? It probably won't so hit ESC to go back to the first fdisk page and then option 1--create primary dos partition or logical dos drive.. You have 3 options on the next page--create primary dos partition (you already have that), create extended dos partition (you probably already have that) and the third, create logical drives in the extended partition. So create the logical drive(s) there, exit fdisk and reboot.

Once it reboots and gets to the desktop you can format the logical drive(s) either by right clicking on them and choosing 'format' or you can do it from command prompt.

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March 21, 2011 at 03:02:34
Thanks for your comment. Appreciate it. But there is no letter on the 2nd partiton to format at the A:> prompt. DAVEINCAPS is correct regarding not able to format an Extended drive. Apologies if my message is confusing.

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March 21, 2011 at 03:06:52
Hi DAVEINCAPS. Got it. Thanks.

Apologies if my message was not clear. I should have said I created rather than reformatted.....on my opening sentences.

I have created a logical drive and the drive letter D appeared when I wnt into MY COMPUTER ready to be formatted.

Thank you for your conscise instructions. Much appreciated !

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March 21, 2011 at 16:13:34
You're welcome. I'm glad it worked out.

If a doe and a mare eat oats what does a lamb eat? Sigh. It's ivy. Little lambs eat ivy.

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