Thursday, February 01, 2007

How to format Hard disk for installing Win NT Server 4.0?

Windows NT supports only FAT 16 and NTFS File system. So you have to format the hard disk using the FAT 16 file system. For that you need MS Dos Boot Diskette(First Floppy of DOS) and Disk Manager software floppy(DM V 9.46).

At first in CMOS settings select first boot device as Floppy. So after selecting first boot device as Floppy then keep the MS Dos Boot Disk in floppy drive then start the computer. The system will boot from MS Dos boot diskette and it comes to A prompt A:\> Then insert Disk manager diskette in floppy drive then run DM from the prompt. If you are installing Seagate harddisk then run DM at the prompt. If you are installing other than Seagate harddisk then run Dm/x at the prompt like this.

First at the A prompt,with the help of CD command change directory to DM like this.
A:\>CD DM then press enter. Then you will change to DM directory like this.
A:\DM> Now type like this if you are installing a disk other than Seagate.
A:\DM>dm/x then press enter(if your disk is Seagate then type dm only instead of dm/x). Now Welcome to disk manager window comes. Just press enter. Again press any key to continue. Then it will display Have you already run the Discwizard software YES or NO. Choose No then press enter.

Now in disk manager main menu select Advanced Options then press enter. Now select Advanced Disk Installation then press enter. Now it will display Diskmanager found 1 drive YES or NO. Select YES then press enter. Now select Dos/Windows 3.1x then press enter. If it gives message like Do you want to use the ONTRACKED.SYS partitions drives? then choose YES then press enter. Now select Define your own then press enter. Suppose If you use 10 GB hard disk then give first partition size as 2147 MB then press enter. Give second partition size also as 2147 MB then press enter. Give third partition size also as 2147 MB then press enter. Give the remaining space as fourth partition then press enter. Now select Save And Continue then press enter. Now press ALT-C to continue. Then select Fast Format and press enter. It will give warning message then select YES and press enter. Then it will begin formating the hard disk and after sometime it asks Dos Boot Diskette. So insert Ms Dos Boot Disk in drive then press enter. Then it will copy files from boot disk,after sometime it will again ask Disk manager Diskette. So insert Disk Manager diskette in drive and press enter. Then it will complete the harddisk partitions. Again press enter. It will display like this. If you will be installing Dos 6.x,it will over write your present Config.sys file now press any key to continue. It will give another message,now again press any key to continue. Now it will give message Disk manager hard disk installation has successfully completed.

Now remove disk manager diskette from drive A then press Control-Alt-Del. Then system will restart and ask enter new date. So enter date in this format MM-DD-YY(11-24-2006) and press enter. Then enter time in this format Hr:Min:Sec(3:27:32) and press enter. Then it will come to C prompt.

Now for installing CD Drive driver,put the driver floppy in drive then at C prompt type like this.
C:\>A: then press enter. Now it will come to A prompt. If your CD Drive is Samsung then at A prompt type like this.
A:\>CDSETUP press enter. Then it will show CD Rom device driver setup just press enter. Then it will install driver. Press enter after setup is completed. Then it will come to C prompt. Now restart the system. If you formatted your harddisk with C,D,E,F partitions,then CD Drive letter will become G.

Now at C prompt type like this.
C:>G: press enter. But it gives message like this:Invalid Drive Specification. It won't detect CD Drive with a letter. So do like this. Keep Dos Boot Diskette in floppy drive. Then at command prompt type like this.
C:\>path A: and press enter. Next at C prompt type like this.
C:\>EDIT CONFIG.SYS then press enter. Then MS Dos editor will open. With the help of down arrow put the cursor below the screen then type
Then go to file menu and select save then exit from file menu. Now remove the diskette and reboot the system. Now it will detect CD Drive with letter G.

Now your Hard Disk is ready for installing WINDOWS NT SERVER 4.0. Since the disk is formatted in FAT 16 Format you can install Win 98 in C drive and Windows NT Server 4.0 in D drive as dual boot.


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