im trying to do an f disk

November 25, 2012 at 00:36:14
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2/ 2gig
it has bugs trying to reload xp, have disk but cant get into boot sequence all the function keys bring up same screen safe mode and the floppy is dead 3.2

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November 25, 2012 at 02:45:02
Make sure you press the boot sequence key or the BIOS Setup key at the correct time, which is usually as soon as the manufacturer's splash-screen appears.

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November 25, 2012 at 04:18:10
Hi Dumbee,

you really need to spend time on *FULLY* detailing your the problem(s) and what you are trying to do. Spend time thinking it through, instead of rushing off incomplete notes. That way you are more likely to receive the correct procedure to cure.

Note, mine and probably others crystal balls do not work over weekends.

The post heading suggests you are trying to run FDISK - why?

The post suggests you are trying to re-install (reload) WXP.
This might mean losing all your data etc. Do you have backup if needed.

What is the 3.2 after floppy is dead?

If you need to change the boot order, this means getting into the bios setup.
The required key sequence for this is displayed on the one of the first screens to appear, and you generally have to be quick entering them.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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November 25, 2012 at 07:34:51
"cant get into boot sequence all the function keys bring up same screen safe mode and the floppy is dead 3.2"

You haven't supplied any useful info about your system but if it's a custom built system rather than OEM (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc), the Del key is generally the key that will get you into the BIOS. If you have an OEM system, a message usually pops up on the boot screen for a second or 2 - something like "press F1 to enter setup". That's the key you need to press to get into the BIOS. However, if you're using a USB keyboard, that may be a problem. Change the boot order to floppy-CD-HDD.

Why do you want to run FDISK? And how do you plan on running it? It's not on the XP disc. You either have to run it from a bootable floppy such as a WinME startup disc or a bootable CD that contains FDISK such as the Ultimate Boot CD. You still need to have the boot order configured correctly. If you get that figured out, all you need to do is boot from the XP disc, delete all partitions, create new partitions, format, then proceed with the installation. You'll lose everything though, are you prepared for that? And do you have all the drivers & software ready to reinstall?

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November 25, 2012 at 08:13:24
NTFS partitions will show as unknown type when using FDISK. You should simply use the WinXP CD as riider mentions above.

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November 25, 2012 at 11:54:38
As previously mentioned.

Delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS off the XP CD.
D to Delete the selected partition ( XP )

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