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I'm trying to put the original files back on my computer but it says I need something called the FDisk but I don't think I have it . Is there anywhere I could get a copy for a HP 5011-9441 Windows 1999 computer. I still have the recovery discs but they wont work!

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    fdisk is a dos partiton utility... what part of the installation does it ask you for that ?




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Its available on hp site

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Bootstrap <- Make it easier to understand?

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