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    Lightbulb sandisk's "fixed disk" utility, where to find it?!

    i've been scouring the internet, but I can't find any details on this utility from sandisk.

    I have an Extreme III 2GB CF card, and I'd like to change it to a fixed disk.

    Thanks for any help!

    I'm asking because I can't get this computer to boot from it. It boots from my old Lexar 80x fine. I used the same process, and booted from a "ultimate boot cd", and used a disk management program to just copy the partition over..

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    i just booted off a winxp pro cd, and when to the repair console. I did a fixboot and fixmbr, but still not fixed

    I think I need that utility from sandisk, where do I find it?!

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    there is no fixed disk utility for the ExtremeIII. only for UltraII and ExtremeI. You could use the Hitachi Fixed Disk Filter to at least simulate a fixed disk, but ACPI Standby and Hibernate still won't work (last I checked at least).

    http://www.xpefiles.com/viewtopic.php?t=92

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    well I guess my problem is different, I can't even boot off the card for some reason.

    I'll try formatting it FAT32 to see if that makes any difference...

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    If you're looking for this kind of information, this thread might be helpful:

    Solid State Drives and Boot Times
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    so essentially I have to run FAT filesystem on the drive? (not FAT32 or NTFS?)

    I got my lexar 80x running NTFS no probs. It's this sandisk extreme iii just doesn't want to initialize to boot. I'll try your guide, and do bootprep, etc, and see where I get!

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    Well, a small update. I started all over. Formated my HDD to Fat16 with a 1.5gig partition, installed windows and drivers. booted off a "boot cd", copied the partition to the compact flash card, resized it to take up all the space of the card, and set it active.

    still won't boot. I'm in the process of downloading the windows embedded stuff... sucks I have to grab all of it just for 1 tiny file -- bootprep.

    lol..

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    FAT32 is best for performance reasons (recommended by MSFT with XP Embedded).

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    Well, I think the problems I'm having with this card are rooted a little deeper.

    Booting via MSDOS floppy, and running fdisk, i'm presented with this error:
    Error reading fixed disk.

    am I doing something wrong?

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