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    Hmm.. just attempted to boot from a Windows 98 CD and run Fdisk, but it says no fixed disks present.

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    The MS documentation keeps referring to "tools provided by your CompactFlash manufacturer" to configure partitions on the CF card. Does SanDiak make any such utility? I can't find anything on their website.

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    You don't need any special tools to partition and format the CF card. I've done this many times. You simply need to partition and format the card, but it needs to be hooked up to the IDE bus. If you use NTFS then it needs to happen from Windows, FAT32 can be done from DOS.

    So now you're saying when you have the CF card plugged in and boot to DOS (using the Win98 CD) it doesn't show up? Are you positive the CF slot on this mobo you're using is on the IDE controller?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFiorito View Post
    You don't need any special tools to partition and format the CF card. I've done this many times. You simply need to partition and format the card, but it needs to be hooked up to the IDE bus. If you use NTFS then it needs to happen from Windows, FAT32 can be done from DOS.

    So now you're saying when you have the CF card plugged in and boot to DOS (using the Win98 CD) it doesn't show up? Are you positive the CF slot on this mobo you're using is on the IDE controller?
    Almost certain - I mean... the card does show up under IDE devices as a secondary master in the main BIOS setup page, right there along with my hard drive when I have that hooked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFiorito View Post
    So now you're saying when you have the CF card plugged in and boot to DOS (using the Win98 CD) it doesn't show up? Are you positive the CF slot on this mobo you're using is on the IDE controller?

    Tried the HP tool thing to make it bootable, didn't work

    Tried PE Builder, made a bootable CD and booted into the utilities, but the only thing there is diskpart which I am told I shouldn't use on a CF card and that doesn't run properly anyway. There is no other format utility.

    None of the utilities on the Hiren boot CD work either to see the card.

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    That's odd. I'm working with an AMD Elan SC520 PC/104+ board, and it has an onboard CF slot. It boots off a generic Sandisk card without any issues.

    You might want to try getting a CF-IDE adapter. Plug it in as primary, and the CD-ROM drive as master so you can try to make it bootable. Then plug the card in the CF slot.

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