Convert/Autoconv Fails with "Cannot Create Elementary File System Structures"

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SYMPTOMS

Conversion from FAT to NTFS fails and the following error message appears:

Cannot create the elementary file system structures.
The conversion failed
C: was not converted to ntfs
This error occurs on Alpha systems when performing an unattended installation using the following options in the Unattend.txt file:
   [Unattended]
   OemPreinstall = yes
   FileSystem = ConvertNTFS
   ExtendOemPartition = 1
				

CAUSE

This problem only occurs if you apply the Alpha-based hotfix referenced in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

ARTICLE-ID: 185773
TITLE : NTFS Corruption on Drives > 4 GB Using ExtendOEMPartition
The ExtendOEMPartition option extends the partition to the maximum size of the drive. The above hotfix enables this feature so that it works correctly on drives exceeding 4 GB in size. There is a BIOS limitation on x86-based computers that limit the maximum size of a partition to 7.8 GB. Because this limitation does not exist on Alpha systems, the byte offset may exceed 32 bits. A problem in Fastfat.sys fails any disk access that calculated a byte offset exceeding 32 bits.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack

NOTE: This fix applies to both x86 and Alpha platforms and supercedes the hotfix referenced in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

ARTICLE-ID: 185773
TITLE : NTFS Corruption on Drives > 4 GB Using ExtendOEMPartition
NOTE: In addition to the above file, the following additional files must be obtained from the latest Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack. The service pack should be of the same language as that being installed:
   x86           Alpha
   --------------------------
   Gdi32.dll     Gdi32.dll
   Hal.dll       Halgammp.dll
   Hal486c.dll   Halpinna.dll
   Halapic.dll   Halrawmp.dll
   Halast.dll    Halsabmp.dll
   Halcbus.dll   Kernel32.dll
   Halcbusm.dll  Ntdll.dll
   Halmca.dll    Ntkrnlmp.exe
   Halmps.dll    Ntoskrnl.exe
   Halmpsm.dll   User32.dll
   Haloli.dll    Win32k.sys
   Halsp.dll     Winsrv.dll
   Halwyse7.dll
   Kernel32.dll
   Ntdll.dll
   Ntkrnlmp.exe
   Ntoskrnl.exe
   User32.dll
   Win32k.sys
   Winsrv.dll
				

Perform the following steps to successfully install this hotfix:

  1. Start the computer in MS-DOS mode and prepare the drive for Windows NT unattended installation as usual. This includes copying the .\I386 or .\Alpha folder from the Windows NT CD to the install directory on drive C.
  2. Copy the fixed files into a temporary folder.
  3. Apply the fixed files and required service pack dependency files to the install directory on drive C. The service pack CD should be that of the same language as that being installed. Because the service pack CDs are in Windows NT Unicode format, they cannot be read directly from MS-DOS. The service pack files may need to be transferred from a Windows NT system capable of reading the service pack CD or the service pack files can be read directly using MS-DOS from the Enterprise Server CD in the "\SP3\i386" or "\SP3\Alpha" directory. The service pack dependency files are listed above. This step can be performed automatically using the Oemsetup.bat batch file if you have the dependency files in an MS-DOS readable format. Otherwise, you must perform this step manually:

    Manual Instructions for the Intel Platform

    Batch File Option

    From the temporary folder, run Oemsetup.bat, specifying both the source service pack folder and the target install folder. For example (assume D: is a service pack folder and C:\I386 is the install folder):

    OEMSETUP D:\SP3\I386 C:\I386

    This copies the necessary files to the I386 and C:\I386\System32 folders on drive C where the installation folder is located.

    Manual Option

    You can also perform this step manually by first copying Fastfat.sys from the fix to the C:\I386 install folder, and then copy the following files from the latest Windows NT 4.0 service pack to the C:\I386 and C:\I386\System32 folders as denoted below:
          Fastfat.sys     -> ..\I386
          Hal.dll         -> ..\I386
          Hal486c.dll     -> ..\I386
          Halapic.dll     -> ..\I386
          Halast.dll      -> ..\I386
          Halcbus.dll     -> ..\I386
          Halcbusm.dll    -> ..\I386
          Halmca.dll      -> ..\I386
          Halmps.dll      -> ..\I386
          Halmpsm.dll     -> ..\I386
          Haloli.dll      -> ..\I386
          Halsp.dll       -> ..\I386
          Halwyse7.dll    -> ..\I386
          Ntdll.dll       -> ..\I386 and  -> ..\I386\SYSTEM32
          Ntoskrnl.exe    -> ..\I386
          Ntkrnlmp.exe    -> ..\I386
          Win32k.sys      -> ..\I386
          User32.dll      -> ..\I386
          Kernel32.dll    -> ..\I386
          Gdi32.dll       -> ..\I386
          Winsrv.dll      -> ..\I386
    						

    Then remove the compressed versions of these files from the C:\I386 and C:\I386\System32 folders. Compressed files are identified by the last character of the file type containing an underscore (_). For example, delete Fastfat.Sy_, Hal.dl_, Ntdll.dl_, Ntoskrnl.ex_, and so on.

    Manual Instructions for the Alpha Platform

    Batch File Option

    From the temporary folder, run Oemsetup.bat specifying both the source service pack folder and the target install folder. For example (assume D: is a service pack folder and C:\Alpha is the install folder):

    OEMSETUP D:\SP3\Alpha C:\Alpha

    This copies the necessary files to the Alpha and C:\Alpha\System32 folders on drive C where the installation folder is located.

    Manual Option

    You can also perform this step manually by first copying Fastfat.sys from the fix to the C:\Alpha install folder then copy the following files from the latest Windows NT 4.0 service pack to the C:\Alpha and C:\Alpha\System32 folders as denoted below:
          Fastfat.sys     -> ..\Alpha
          Halgammp.dll    -> ..\Alpha
          Halpinna.dll    -> ..\Alpha
          Halrawmp.dll    -> ..\Alpha
          Halsabmp.dll    -> ..\Alpha
          Ntdll.dll       -> ..\Alpha and  -> ..\Alpha\SYSTEM32
          Ntoskrnl.exe    -> ..\Alpha
          Ntkrnlmp.exe    -> ..\Alpha
          Win32k.sys      -> ..\Alpha
          User32.dll      -> ..\Alpha
          Kernel32.dll    -> ..\Alpha
          Gdi32.dll       -> ..\Alpha
          Winsrv.dll      -> ..\Alpha
    						

    Then remove the compressed versions of these files from the C:\Alpha and C:\Alpha\System32 folders. Compressed files are identified by the last character of the file type containing an underscore (_). For example, delete Fastfat.Sy_, Halgammp.dl_, Ntdll.dl_, Ntoskrnl.ex_, and so on.
  4. Run Winnt.exe as usual to complete the Windows NT installation.
  5. When the Windows NT installation is complete, apply the latest service pack immediately. This eliminates inconsistent releases of system files.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4.

Properties

Article ID: 191850 - Last Review: November 1, 2006 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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