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    RIS - Setup was unable to format partition

    I have always created RIS images using a modified unattended Windows XP CD method found over at MSFN.

    Basically, I copy an XP CD on to my PC, use nLite to integrate drivers, updates, applications etc. Insert the RIS files (and Answer file) in the I386 folder, copy to RIS server and away you go! It's always worked no problems and my current out of date image also works fine. However, when I tried to create a new image using the same method I've done for years, it formats the hard drive and then gives me an error saying setup cannot format this partition. Yet, if I create an unattended CD/DVD out of the same source (having removed the RIS files and replace with WINNT.sif) it works fine!

    In addition to the mayhem I have copied a vanilla XP image, no integration of nothing at all except network card drivers for my VM and it gives the exact same problem!

    Any ideas what could be going on here?

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    However, when I tried to create a new image using the same method I've done for years, it formats the hard drive and then gives me an error saying setup cannot format this partition.
    Are you sure that it can find the HDD at all? have you implemented mass storage drivers in the normal that that you have done previously?

    Of course, depending on the machine that you are trying to use it on of course

    Nath.

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    It does recognise the HDD because I see the setup actually format the HDD before it gives the error. It then manually offers to edit partition stuff, but still fails. It doesn't work on any PC, even on my VM. I have never had to install any mass storage drivers before. How would I get mass storage drivers for my VM anyway? Also, my older image still works and that doesn't have any mass storage drivers. I have tried copying the drivers from that image in to this new image and it still fails.

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    Anyone have any clues? This is really doing my head in now!

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