Setup /F on Machines Without a Formatted Hard Disk (77426)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
This article was previously published under Q77426
One common cause of the Setup error message
An error occurred while reading or writing to Drive C:
when running Setup with the /F switch is that the system's hard disk
is partitioned but not formatted.
If the system's hard disk is formatted and partitioned, Setup /F will
work correctly. If the hard disk on the system is not partitioned,
Setup /F will also work.
However, if the hard disk is partitioned but not formatted, Setup /F
will report the "An error occurred while reading or writing to drive
C:" error message. You then have the option to "Try operation again"
or "Fail the operation." In most cases, if you fail the operation
several times in a row, it will setup to floppy disks anyway. If not,
you must either format the hard disk or remove the partitions.
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