Microsoft KB Archive/254558

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Error Message Installing Windows 2000 from an MS- DOS Boot Disk


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server


If you start your computer using an MS-DOS boot disk and try to run the Winnt.exe program to install Windows 2000, you receive the following error message:

Windows 2000 requires a hard drive volume with at least 249 megabytes of free disk space. Setup will use part of this space for storing temporary files during installation. This drive must be on a permanently attached local hard disk supported by Windows 2000, and must not be a compressed drive.

Setup was unable to locate such a drive with the required amount of free space.

Setup cannot continue. Press Enter to exit.


This behavior can occur if you do not have any defined partitions on your hard disk.


To install Windows 2000 on a computer with no defined partitions, start your computer from the Windows 2000 Setup boot disk or the Windows 2000 CD-ROM.

For information about how to create the Windows 2000 Setup boot disks, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q197063 How to Create Setup Boot Disks for Windows 2000

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbsetup KBW2KHOME
Issue type : kbprb
Technology : kbwin2000AdvServ kbwin2000AdvServSearch kbwin2000DataServ kbwin2000DataServSearch kbwin2000Serv kbwin2000ServSearch kbwin2000Search kbwin2000ProSearch kbwin2000Pro kbWinAdvServSearch kbWinDataServSearch

Last Reviewed: November 23, 2000
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