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Installing Windows 2000 setup error

Ayman Altounji
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Installing Windows 2000 setup error

Have Windows NT 4.0 Server (C: 4GB & D: 65GB), doing a clean install of Windows 2000 Server on C: (re-format with NTFS - wiping out NT). Getting following error:

"Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged.
Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your SCSI devices are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or SCSI adapter documentation for more information.
You must select a different partition for Windows 2000 to continue, press ENTER."

We are using a SMART array 3200 controller with an external storage case hooked up, and with 1 logical drive. The array 3200 controller is at firmware ver. 4.32.

Any ideas on how to resolve this error?
3 REPLIES
Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2000 setup error

I have seen some strange things happen on a win2k install and I had the client remove all but the base memory that came in the unit and it resolved a problems like this.. it seems bizarre but it worked. After the install was complete the memory was added back.
Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2000 setup error

thank you. will try that & check back.
Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: Installing Windows 2000 setup error

Was not able to try using base memory, but formatting the partition (C:) as fat32 and when trying to install windows 2000, converted to NTFS worked!