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Compaq Contura Aero Frequently Asked Questions
Section - 3.2.4 Diagnostics Partition

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        Correct parameters for setup partition are:
                begin cylinder: 1
                end cylinder:   12
                total blocks:   3089
                system id:      12
                bootflag:       yes

        -Ali-

[C] Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 14:52:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jim Anderson <janderso@acusd.edu>
Subject: Re: Upgrade HD without floppy

Pres Waterman said to  Heinrich Hiemesch:
>> >After the diag partition is created you can partition with fdisk on the 
>> >boot disk, leaving alone the 2-4MB non-DOS partition, and remembering
>> >to set the main DOS partition active and formatting from there.
>> 
>> Is this true even when the drive is (temporarily) installed into
>> another desktop pc? (I have no floppy drive for the aero)
>
>I'd say there is a good possibility it will work

It won't, at least not the non-DOS diagnostics partition.  If you try to
run the diagnostics diskette with the HDD in the desktop computer,  the
installation program will recognize that it is not running in the Aero,
and will refuse to install on the HDD.  At least, that was my experience.
In order to install the diagnostics partition the hard disk must be
already installed in the Aero and so you will need the floppy drive.

The bottom line is that you can fdisk and format the disk in any computer
you wish and it will then work just fine in the Aero.  I did that a year
ago and have enjoyed the increased disk capacity and haven't missed the
diagnostics partion one bit.  If you later decide you want the
diagnostics, you can always buy a floppy drive and run the diagnostics
program from it.
You don't even need to reformat the hard drive.

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