What the error mean

Seagate hard drive / St3331ac-m
May 20, 2011 at 10:03:25
Specs: WinNT 4.0 Workstation, AMD 64/1.5GB RAM

After installing NT4.0 using the default FAT-16 file system and the limited 4096 MB partition size as noted, the system ran quiet well. Being unsatisfied with the FAT-16, I converted to the NTFS and resized the volume to 8192MB.
At this stage, I resized the volume again to 9167.0MB and received the following error message as it booted to the desktop:
“Services.exe- Corrupt File.
The file or directory \$Volume is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the chkdsk utility.”

I was aware of the ATAPI.SYS utility, but failed to install it during setup. Later on, I was hesitant about running this utility on a post NT 4.0 installation for fear that it would not work at this late stage of the install process.
What measures can I take to eradicate this error message as it sucks at each and every reboot by displaying this message.


BIOS Version Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Board Model 760GXK8MC
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Windows NT Workstation Service Pack 6
HDD WDC WD1600SB-01RFA0 164 GBytes ATA
HDD HDS728080PLAT20 82 GBytes ATA
RAM 1024 MBytes

Thanks in advance for your help.


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May 20, 2011 at 10:21:48
Normally on NT4 the boot and system partition must be within 8192 MB. I believe there is a solution but don't know what it is or what the issues might be.

Data partitions are not subject to this limit.

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May 20, 2011 at 12:32:13
Thanks LMiller7:

There is a solution for increasing the size of an NT 4.0 volume. I l have used this option before and it worked very well and the volume size at that time was more twelve MB on the NTFS system.
BTW, I am using a KVM switch and a utility for USB support for keyboard, mouse, and usb printer, and it works like Windows XP, no problems at all!

Finally, what I've done today was copy several partitions to another location using BootIT NG by the Terabyteunlimited company, and formatted the NT40 volume to prepare a restore from a dvd image job I burned yesterday.
This restore was done w/o the usb support utility, but I will be installing it very shortly. At bootup, there are no error messages, and things are back to normal.

Again, thanks much for your speedy reply.


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May 27, 2011 at 20:36:30
Actually, I'm surprised you could install NT on a partition of that 8GB size. The largest size I successfully installed NT on was partitions that were 4095MB or smaller, of course I was running them FAT16 so this is probably why I was unaware.

Here's Microsoft's take:

Windows NT 4.0 supports maximum of 7.8-GB system partition

Of course, this is all assuming that you are using post-1996 hardware; Windows NT 4.0 was released in 1996 and from the experience I've had most BIOSs from 1996-1997 were incapable of recognizing more than 2GB, let alone 8GB. 1997 and later, yes, but 1996 is questionable.

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160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
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