The Basics of Fdisk:
Primary partitions are the only one that are
bootable. They're always the C: drive when active. Normally you can only
have one (more with some special tricks etc.) Extended partitions are
needed when you want more than one partition. You can only have ONE
Extended partition. Logical Drives come into the Extended partition. They
are handy since you know that you can only have one Primary and one
Extended so you can get more than only two partitions. They would be your
D:, E:, etc. drives.
First you need to reboot your system with the Boot
1.At the A: prompt start "FDISK."
2.If asked to use Large Disc support say Yes.
3.The first screen looks like this:
Create Dos Partition or Logical Drive
Set Active Partition
Delete Partitions or Logical DOS Drives
Display Partition Information
Change current fixed drive. (In case you have two or
more Hard Drivess)
So, to prepare you hopefully did a backup from your
data. You did, didn't you ?!
4.Next we need to remove the existing partitions. So
go to 3.
5.Next screen like this:
Delete Primary DOS
Delete Extended DOS
Delete Logical Drives
Delete always in the following order
Logical (All) > Extended > Primary (Last)
6.Go back to first screen after all partitions have
7.Now we need to setup our new partitions. Go to 1.
This screen looks like this:
Create Primary DOS
Create Extended DOS
Create Logical DOS Drives
Here we create in the following order
Primary > Extended > Logical Drives.
8.First create the Primary. If asked to use all space
say No and enter the amount you wish for the C: drive. It should be set
automatically to be the (only) Active partition. If not it may ask you or
you have to select "2. Set active partition" from the main menu.
9.Next create the Extended Partition. Use all space
It probably advances automatically to the next step,
creating the Logical DOS Drives.
10.Enter the amount you wish for the D: partition and
than the rest for the third partition.
Think first about the size for the partitions.
OK now we're finished with FDISK so just exit it.
Next you need to reboot with the disc still inserted and Format all
partitions (the C: partition might need to be formatted with "format c:
/s", check the Win95 tip). Another reboot and you can go ahead and install
When your system supports booting from CD just insert
the Windows CD and reboot. The setup will start.
If not, follow these steps:
Win98: insert Boot Disk and CD, reboot, choose "2.
boot with CDROM support" and once you're at the prompt change to your
CD-drive letter (depends on your partition setup) and enter "setup".
Win95: You must format the C: partition with "Format
C: /s"!. Next install your CDROM driver, reboot, insert the Win95 CD,
change to the CD-driveletter, enter "setup".
I hope I made no mistakes.