Hello and thank you in advance for reading this. I am trying to set up a machine for someone and thought I knew what I was doing as I have setup quite a few in the past. This is a machine someone else put together from parts they had: a semperon 2200 with a m7vig 400 biostar board, 512Mb ram pc2700 to match the motherboards max 333mhz fsb, a 20gig harddrive reformated NTFS and a cd burner, Xtreme 400w powersupply, nvidia geforce2 64mb.
The first thing I tried to do was install WindowsNT. I quickly found that the floppy drive did not work and was not tested prior to installing it. I thought that perhaps running the NT install CD would be good enough and that I would not need to run the setup floppies before that. The install did seem to progress, up until it looked for the hard drive. It was at that point that it said something to the effect that it couldn't find one.
So, I found this site and burned the basic boot CD. The machine started up with the menu, but before that I went into the BIOS, enabled the floppy drive, and upon bootup got floppy disk fail message. While I was in BIOS, I also learned that the HD was listed as WDC AC, so then I went into the disk tools and ran the first Western Digital option that showed up. It scrolled by like lightning with numerous popups with what looked like choices I could select, but they disappeared before I even had a chance to read them. I also ran the first antivirus prog that was listed and it found nothing, but I am not sure if it scanned the HD. Then I somehow found my way out to what looked like a DOS prompt, showing the "A" drive. I typed format c: and got invalid drive or something to that effect.
I know that there is a huge learning curve here, but I just need to get the system to recognize the HD so I can install WindowsNT or Windows98. I've read through the posts and have picked up on the fact that if this is in fact an NTFS partition it could be a problem running the basic DOS format command. Can I format this as a FAT partition instead, using Partition Magic? What will that limit me to if I do that? Also, how can I verify that this is NTFS, and if this is in fact a Western Digital HD? Does PCISNIFFER find the HD, or just the PCI plugins such as modem, etc? Also, could it be possible that my hard drive is on D:, and if so, is that a problem?
Thank you so much for any help you can give me.