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Old 09-26-2003, 05:25 AM   #1
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Ok..you're going to love this one! My friend that knows little to nothing about computers got a Gateway Laptop. It has a 2.5g hd running win98. She converted fat 16 to fat 32 and Lord knows what else she has done. She brought it to me and asked me to install Win ME. When I ran setup it made it to 10% complete and failed. The error says Win ME cannot install files to this computer due to an existing compressed drive. Not having dealt with this issue before I figured I should seek expert help. I checked out many of these forums and this one caught my eye. Please tell me I chose the right one. I just want to get this thing fixed so she will go home!!! LOL

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Old 09-27-2003, 03:08 AM   #2
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Ok, so the whole drive is fat32 now. Are there any other partitions you can install the boot sector of win ME on? Have you tried re-installing Win 98 to correct the drive problems.

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It is possible that your friend may have compressed the drive so you may have to format it before installing winME
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Old 09-28-2003, 04:41 PM   #4
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Yes, that is a possibility.
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Old 09-29-2003, 07:09 PM   #5
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Ok...the drive has only 1 partition and I already tried formatting it. everything seemed to be in order when I ran winme setup but then again I'm no expert lol
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Ok this is what i have! I ran fdisk and it said 1 active partition fat16. then i ran setup and let winme format the drive. Setup failed again and out of curiosity I ran fdisk to view the partition and it flashes at the bottom 'Unable to access Drive 1'. Anyone have any ideas?

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Maybe the drive has physical errors and maybe broken. You may need a new one.
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do you know what make the hard drive is ?
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Thank You all for your help....I took Davids advice and reinstalled 98 and everything is fine. I also told her next time she wanted to change something in the system.....DON'T!!! lol

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Good advice!
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I asked my friend kilo your original question here is hid reply--

You can't fat32 a compressed drive. If it is to hosed, you would need an 98se boot disk that sees the cdrom and has fdisk and format on it. fdisk to LBA, thats fat32, or say yes at the prompt delete the old partition, make a new partition and reboot and format. Never turn the power off the machine while doing this. After format you'll see that it is only a 1.xgig Hard drive but it will hold win98se. WME sucks, and was made to help Celeron processors live in the 98 world.

I've asked him to join this forum too so look for him OK.

Oh I checked and see kilo already registered as member same day I did--I told him to get his butt back here.
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Hope to see him on the forum. He sounds like he knows what he is talking about.
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Originally Posted by MoodyBlooEyes
Ok..you're going to love this one! My friend that knows little to nothing about computers got a Gateway Laptop. It has a 2.5g hd running win98. She converted fat 16 to fat 32 and Lord knows what else she has done. She brought it to me and asked me to install Win ME. When I ran setup it made it to 10% complete and failed. The error says Win ME cannot install files to this computer due to an existing compressed drive. Not having dealt with this issue before I figured I should seek expert help. I checked out many of these forums and this one caught my eye. Please tell me I chose the right one. I just want to get this thing fixed so she will go home!!! LOL

Thanx,
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Well my friend i didn't go past your post.
This person has not followed instructions.
Fat 16 how did it get there ? Thats w95 stuff.[9 years ago]
You must fdisk/format the hardrive first.
But many facts are not here,a 2.5 gb hd maybe the problem.
Windows me needs that much
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