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Sadly, you've lost the hard disk partitions. You can try to recover that with software from Hiren's Boot CD, under Partition Tools: http://www.hirensbootcd.org/. If that won't do it for you you will have to repartition the HDD and reinstall Windows, but you will lose everything from it.
The bad news is that probably the hard disk drive is failing so you may need to get a replacement.
You can download a free trial of Partition Magic, it a good HDD Formatting tool.
Download from here
Download and install it, Got a really Easy and User friendly interface, probably your HDD got some unformatted space or there may be Partition Table Error.
The software will guide you further.
Do update me, what was the result.Regards,Waqar.
The quickest solution here would be to put the hard drive into a computer that has Windows already running, and format it through the operating system itself. I've run into this problem a few times, and when another computer wasn't available I would use a Linux boot disk to clear out all my partition tables, then I would load up with Windows XP and tell it to write a new NTFS partition. Do NOT select the 'quick format' option, you'll have to wait through the long one.
you must trying re partition ur hdd with 3rd software like Ranish partition or partition magic, or you can try with fdisk from microsoft DOS with cd booting before you try to installed it with another system operation like win XP or win 2000 okey
Check Computer Management / Disk Management. Windows on Windows XP, Probably the Drive needs formatting first and partitioning before it will visible on My Computer. By Default the new Hard Drive is "Unpartitioned / Unallocated". So acess disk Management to format and partition the Hard Drive.
To access the computer management and disk management and create and partition under disk management, Check Videos for guide :
You've probably got in your hands some recovery/restore CD's
from your PC vendor. BEWARE. For example, Fujitsu laptop CD's are
only used to restore the HDD to its original factory state! Fuji
will not give you a XP CD to 'recover' the hard disk, only to
'restore' it. Nice huh?
Use a Windows XP retail CD ,better than having to use the OEM's restore CD
and lose all your data.
IMPORTANT: if you've got Windows XP SP2 installed, you CANNOT
use a Windows XP SP1 CD. The recovery console from the SP1 CD will
not accept even the correct admin password when run on a Windows XP
SP2 HDD. You must run the recovery console from a modern SP2 CD,
then you'll be able to correctly login to your Windows XP install
on the HDD.
Pop in the Windows XP CD, reboot, making sure to select boot
from the CD option. On some PC's you'll have to hit DEL on reboot
to enter the BIOS and select boot from CD ROM. Other PCs you hit
F12 while booting up.
WIndows XP will start to load. Eventually you will be prompted
to select between Setup Windows and Repair Windows. Hit 'R' for
Repair Windows. The RC (Recovery Console) will look for existing
Windows XP installs to repair. Usually you have just the one,
listed by the RC after it has scanned your disk, so type '1'. If
the RC doesn't find any Windows Installs...you're in trouble. Note:
Windows RC can find a Windows install when Windows Setup can NOT
find one, so the RC seems more low level and reliable.
Usually your admin password is blank, so just hit a return when
prompted for a password.
Type 'help' for the commands that the RC can run. You won't be
able to access any folder other than C:\Windows and C:\ top level.
The next two steps are probably only safe if you have a single
partition on the whole disk.
Try 'fixboot'. This re-writes the boot record.
Try 'fixmbr'; again, this may damage a partition table that it
doesn't understand, so be wary of taking this step... you may want
to use this as a last resort and only if you have a single
partition on the disk.
Run CHKDSK /P C:
If you get errors still, rerun or also do a CHKDSK /R C:.
If the CHKDSK finally succeeds without errors, then you should
be able to exit from the RC and reboot OK.
you can set the partitions in f-disk on the start up disk of windows 98, reset partitions to 32, format c: drive, take out disk and put in windows 98 cd. and restart computer. your done. windows 98 cd will install. your up and running. please give me a fixya rateing. Thanks farren