Converted fat 16 to 32

MoodyBlooEyes

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Ok..you're going to love this one! My friend that knows little to nothing about computers got a Gateway Laptop. It has a 2.5g hd running win98. She converted fat 16 to fat 32 and Lord knows what else she has done. She brought it to me and asked me to install Win ME. When I ran setup it made it to 10% complete and failed. The error says Win ME cannot install files to this computer due to an existing compressed drive. Not having dealt with this issue before I figured I should seek expert help. I checked out many of these forums and this one caught my eye. Please tell me I chose the right one. I just want to get this thing fixed so she will go home!!! LOL

Thanx,
Moody
 

David Lindon

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Ok, so the whole drive is fat32 now. Are there any other partitions you can install the boot sector of win ME on? Have you tried re-installing Win 98 to correct the drive problems.

Thanks for choosing this forum!
Dave.
 

XtremeWarrior

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It is possible that your friend may have compressed the drive so you may have to format it before installing winME
 

MoodyBlooEyes

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Ok...the drive has only 1 partition and I already tried formatting it. everything seemed to be in order when I ran winme setup but then again I'm no expert lol
 

MoodyBlooEyes

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Ok this is what i have! I ran fdisk and it said 1 active partition fat16. then i ran setup and let winme format the drive. Setup failed again and out of curiosity I ran fdisk to view the partition and it flashes at the bottom 'Unable to access Drive 1'. Anyone have any ideas?

Thanx,
Moody
 

MoodyBlooEyes

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Thank You all for your help....I took Davids advice and reinstalled 98 and everything is fine. I also told her next time she wanted to change something in the system.....DON'T!!! lol

Thanks Again,
Moody
 
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