i booted with winxp to install... i currently had 4 partitions and deleted the Windows partition with the boot cd when installing.. i wanted to make the file system FAT32 but there was no option.. so i booted from windows 98 but it only detected 59.something GB so i booted from winxp cd again and all my partitions were gone... is this reversable???
Windows 98 doesn't support NTFS, so that would be a problem.
Did you start with the Windows CD or a START disk for windows 98?
well since theres no oerating system and no formatting was done.. would i be able to view partitions on this comp if i put that hardive in? coz no partitions are shown when installing windows
i plugged the hardrive into another pc and found one big partition which has no file system.. can i undo the partitions?
i think u can use partition magic for to solve u partition problems.
my existing partitions were fat32.. so it should let me keep it that way? and partition magic is no help.. they all show just one big partition
Yes XP would let you keep partitions larger than 32G, it will just not create them. In your original post you said that you wanted to make the file system FAT32 but there was no option...
I personally don't trust Partition Magic, I've seen it corrupt partition tables doing a simple NTFS partition resize
Something similar happened my hard drive and I thought I had lost all until I discovered the Partition table had been corrupted. You could try Partition magic (set up on another computer) to see if it can see the partitions and info in your hard drive. Otherwise, you will have to learn to data mine like I did. It took me forever recovering most of my data but it was better than paying a so called professional £25 per hour.
Ontrack "EasyRecovery" have helped me several times, only you have to transfer recovered files to next hard drive ...