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« on: January 11, 2005, 05:30:11 PM »

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I have recently formatted a 40GB hard drive, now the computer is only showing the hard drive as 2GB. I have been told that I should try flashing the BIOS, any suggestions
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2005, 05:55:44 PM »

Did you re-partition the harddrive with fdisk the drive as well? For if you did, you must've said No to using drives bigger than 512MB, which causes the partitioning program to then only make a 2GB FAT16 partition.

If you didn't use fdisk, but only formatted the drive, can you check in Windows what kind of file format the drive has? Open My Computer, rightclick on the C: drive and choose properties. On the window box that opens it should say FAT (or FAT16) or FAT32.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2005, 06:03:16 PM »

thanks Jord, I did partition with the f-disk, any suggestions on how to fix it Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2005, 06:13:49 PM »

You'll have to repartition again. Start up with a Windows bootfloppy.
Choose to start without CDROM drivers.
Start fdisk on the harddrive, this time press Y to use drives bigger than 512MB.

Go to the delete menu (option 3), delete the primary partition.
When done, press esc to return to main menu.
Go to the create menu (option 1), make a primary partition. Let it partition 100% of the drive.
When done, press esc two times to return to DOS.
Reboot the computer, leaving the bootfloppy in.
Choose on the bootmenu to start with CDROM drivers.
On the command prompt A:>, type format c: /s (this formats the drive, plus copies system files to it to make it bootable.)
When that's done, name the volume a nice 8 character name.
Then start Windows setup from the Windows 98SE CD.

No, sorry, there is no cheap other way to rectify this. And I didn't want you to buy Partition Magic specially for this, as that can repartition drives for you. But that would be taking longer than this quick thing. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2005, 12:50:28 PM »

Thanks Jord, I will do that Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2005, 01:53:26 PM »

Thanks for your help everyone, I re-formatted and everything is fine now Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2005, 02:22:46 PM »

You're welcome. Will lock this one now. Smiley
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