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deb parrott
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 10:18 pm:   

My computer seems unable to read the complete hard drive. I have converted it to a fat32 system, downloaded the updated driver bios, scandisks, and completely reformatted the drive.
When I check the disk capacity it reads 1.99g instead of the 4.3 it is suppose to have. When I
fdisk it says there is only one drive of 4.3 gigs with 50% usage. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 10:52 pm:   

Hi Deb, A little more information would be helpful like which O.S., Motherboard, Etc.
Is the motherboards bios detecting the full size of the harddrive? It sounds as if the version of DOS you are using to Fdisk is limiting disk size.
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 6:47 am:   

Did you enable large disk support when you fdisked the harddrive?
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 8:19 pm:   

Hi Deb,
The fdisk message refers to the fact that the partition on the drive occupies 50% of the hard drives space. You will need to go back into fdisk and delete the primary partition, then still in fdisk, make another primary partition. When asked the size, say OK to 100%. This will then create a single partition over your entire hard disk. Dont forget to exit fdisk, turn off computer, then restart and format the new partition.
Good Luck,
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2001 - 9:58 am:   

First version of win95 also only allowed 2 gig partitions.
Adam Low
Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2001 - 11:00 pm:   

Check with the maker of your HDD. You might need a drive overlay application to enable some older mobo to recognize over 2GB.

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