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Press Enter to select the default [1].  The following screen will be displayed:

Create DOS Partition or Logical DOS Drive

Current fixed disk drive: 1

Choose one of the following:

1. Create Primary DOS Partition
2. Create Extended DOS Partition
3. Create Logical DOS Drive(s) in the Extended DOS Partition

Enter choice: [1]

Press Esc to return to FDISK Options

Again, press Enter to select the default.  The following will be displayed

Again, press Enter to select the default.  The following will be displayed

Create Primary DOS partition

Current fixed disk drive : 1

Verifying drive integrity, xx% complete.

Current fixed disk drive: 1

Do you wish to use the maximum available size for a primary DOS partition
and make the partition active (Y/N) ....................? [Y]

At this point you can press the Enter key and make the entire drive one partition, your C: drive, or enter N and make a partition which occupies less than the entire drive.  I recommend 4 GB partition for the C: drive. You may want to allocated the rest of the drive to the D: drive, but one can make more than just two partitions if desired. The menus are quite self explanatory for accomplishing this task.   You will also want to create an Extended DOS partition and assign logical drive D: to it (fdisk should do that automatically after the partition is created).  You must exit fdisk and reboot after creating each partition.  Only one of the partitions can be active.  The active partition is the one which will boot after Windows is installed.  Make sure the primary partition is Active by displaying the partition information. 

If partitions already exist on the hard disk drive, you will be able to display and delete them with fdisk.  After making sure you have everything of value backed up, you can take the drive down to "bare metal" with delete partition functions.  This will, of course, destroy all data on the drive (or make it very difficult to recover).  Do it at your own risk.  to be sure the boot record is rather pristine you may want to restore it to the way it was when it came from the manufacture with C:\>fdisk /mbr (where mbr = manufacturer's boot record).

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