Invalid Drive Specification ?

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by paruschuh, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. paruschuh

    paruschuh Guest

    Hi at all !

    Im using Virtual PC 2004 with SP1 and i have Problems installing a OS. So
    thats my problem :

    -) i made a new VPC - called WIN95
    -) i set up a new Virtual HDD called WIN95 Harddisk
    -) After the "new VPC" wizzard is finished i start the Win95 VPC
    -) I put in a Bootable Win95 CD
    -) I select install
    -) i get a Error message called : Invalid Drive Specification
    -) VPX kicks me to A:\
    -) cant change drive : so D: C: E: doesnt work

    To me it seems like VPC cant find the virtual Harddisk, i got the same Error
    message at differnt OS (I already tried DOS/WIN98/2000)

    My Sys :

    WinXP Prof. Sp2
    AMD 64bit 4000+
    2GB Ram
    256 MB Geforece 6800 GT
    MSI K8M Diamond Mainbord
    300 GB Western Digital Serial ATA HADD
    System is Watercooled...

    Please Please help me with this Problem, dont like to spend money and time
    on software that doesnt works.. And : hope my english is not too bad.. :))

    paruschuh, Dec 6, 2005
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  2. paruschuh

    Robert Comer Guest

    You have to FDISK, to partition the drive, and FORMAT the new Hard drive
    before you run setup. It's just as if you got a bare hard drive at the
    Robert Comer, Dec 6, 2005
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  3. paruschuh

    paruschuh Guest


    Im not shure if i understand your tipp. How can Fdisk the Virtual Harddisk ?
    Its a simple *.vhd file. Can u telle me how to do that, dont know how i
    should do it with this "FDISK"
    paruschuh, Dec 6, 2005
  4. paruschuh

    Robert Comer Guest

    Im not shure if i understand your tipp. How can Fdisk the Virtual Harddisk
    Just like if it was a blank hard drive -- you boot from a DOS boot floppy
    and run FDISK, partition the drive, reboot, format the drive, then boot off
    the bootable Win95 and run setup.
    Even though that's what it is to the host PC, it's just like a bare hard
    drive to the virtual machine.
    Robert Comer, Dec 6, 2005
  5. The Windows 95 cd is not a bootable cd. It cannot startup the virtual
    machine you have made. To start up the new virtual machine you need a
    Windows 95 setup floppy. Do you have the Windows 95 setup 3.5" floppy?

    Fdisk is a program on the setup floppy. Fdisk prepares the virtual hard
    drive in your virtual machine. The .vhd file is only a simple file to the
    host computer, but the virtual machine thinks it is a real hard drive.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 6, 2005
  6. paruschuh

    paruschuh Guest

    Hi !

    ok, got it. Startet Fdisk from a:\ set a partition. and formated c:....

    Thx !!!!
    paruschuh, Dec 7, 2005
  7. You're welcome.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 7, 2005
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