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Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 4:52 am:   

I've just set up a new computer from scratch new motherboard,amdII 500 cpu,hard drive etc.My problem is that the bios recognises the drive as 8 gig which it is, but when you fdisk it and format it, it is only seen as 2gig .I'm using windows 98 second edition.I've tried everything I know but nothing seams to work.
Please help
Adam Emswiler (Abe)
Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2000 - 5:24 am:   

When you initially start up FDISK, there should be a screen that ask you if you want to enable large disk support (Y/N). Do you see that and are you choosing yes for FAT32? Otherwise, you will be just using FAT16 which has a limitation of 2 GB.

On a side note, if you have Windows 98 Second Edition and your motherboard supports booting to a CDROM drive, I suggest setting your BIOS to boot to the CDROM, then floppy, then hard drive. Microsoft has made the Windows 98 Second Edition a bootable CD (no special CDROM drivers are needed unless it is a SCSI Device). This usually will not work with an illegal copy of the CDROM, unless you know the special partition exists prior to creating the CD.
R.E. Johnson
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2000 - 10:52 am:   

11/04/00 re HD installation - I, too, have the same problem as Peter. I did just exactly the procedure Abe has outlined; FAT32, etc., reformatted the 13GB at least 3 times and still WIN98-II only recognizes a 2GB drive for C:/. I have subsequently gone back to FDISK and created the extended drive (D:) and it readily accepted the balance of the HD memory. So far none of my guru sources have been able to show how to correct the poser. I now have all my prior drive data on the 10GB D: drive. Hope there is a solution out there to get it all on one drive. Thank you in advance. R.E.
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2000 - 7:58 am:   

Accepted the balance? Are you starting from scratch, deleting all old partitions and recreating them as you would like them? Of course this is starting ALL over, so make sure all your data is backed up first.
Posted on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 7:50 am:   

because of the improper shutdown badclusters
have been formed on my computer
i.e. on driveC:
my problem is how i can fix errors on it and rectify
and setup my winxp on it which is being regularly
used by me
kindly help me sir
thanking u

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