Main Site Nav
Topics Topics Edit Profile Profile Help/Instructions Help    
Search Last 1|3|7 Days Search Search Tree View Tree View  

2 GBs of 80 GB Harddrive recognized b...

Trish's Escape from Hardware Hell Help Board » Hardware » Hard Drive and Storage Related » 2 GBs of 80 GB Harddrive recognized by Win98SE « Previous Next »

Author Message
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 5:56 pm:   

I've installed an 80GB IBM harddrive in my clone computer running Win98 with an Elitegroup ECS motherboard and AMD Duron processor. During startup, the BIOS sees the 8032 MBs. FDISK sees 1 partition, 8032 MBs, PRI DOS, FAT32, 62% usage, Total disk space of 12993 MBs. My problem is my computer only recognizes 2 MBs of the 80 MB harddrive. I realized the problem when I tried to install data that exceeded 2 GB. I went to DISKSPACE and it says 2 GB. I've reinstalled Win98SE and still no change. Can anybody help? Thanks, Les
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 7:07 pm:   

As long as the bios see's the 80 gig drive the problem is FDISK in win98 not recognizing hard drives larger than 64 gig.The bulletin can be found here as well as the fix
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 7:59 pm:   

Thanks E.S., The fix helped but didn't solve the problem. In FDISK, it now says I have 78529 MBs and 10% usage. In Programs/accessories/system info, it says I have 400 MBs available of 8016 MBs (doesn't add up to 80 Gigs since I have 1600 MBs of stuff on the computer, it adds up to the same 2 gigs). In DRIVESPACE, it says I have 2 GBs. I'm still looking for the fix. Thanks Again, Les
Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 8:01 pm:   

You have to run fdisk delete all partitions and recreate a new partition using the full capacity of the hard drive or partition in sizes of your choice, unfortunatly you will also have to reformat after and reinstall everything. at least Fdisk is now detecting the proper drive size 80g of appx.78529mb actual. I have an 80G HD and it shows up at 78.6 gig actual.
Les Scott
Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 8:57 pm:   

Thanks ES, I was coming to that sad conclusion. I'm thinking I'll have to fdisk, format, load Win98, and run the fix, but won't that just take me back to where I am now?
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 6:42 pm:   

Fdisk with the new fdisk files from microsoft before you format,do this in DOS. Make sure you fdisk the entire drive 100% usage if that is the goal and than check fdisk size with the actual formatted size and let me know how it went.

Add Your Message Here
Username: Posting Information:
This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.
Options: Enable HTML code in message
Automatically activate URLs in message

Administration Administration Log Out Log Out   Previous Page Previous Page Next Page Next Page