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HDD reduced by ? in Windows ME

By Bob ·
A hard drive recently decreased in size by ? as seen in Windows. In Partition Magic however, it reports as usual. When cloning a recently saved image from CD-ROM Windows refused because the target was smaller than the source image. Formatting and Ghosting solved that problem, but unfortunately the saved image contains the same error (hard drive is half it?s normal size).

Has anyone experienced this and found a fix? The MS Knowledgebase contained no matches to various searches. I am contemplating upgrading to Windows 2000, thoughts?

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WINDOWS ME

by LOGIC152003 In reply to HDD reduced by ? in Windo ...

MY PC KEEPS STOPING AND RESTARTING ALL THE TIME I HAVE WINDOWS ME AND I TOO HAVE FORMATTED MY HARD DRIVE AS I THOUGHT IT WAS THAT I DID NOT ENCOUNTER ANY EXPERIENCES LIKE U BUT IF U CAN HELP ME IT WILL BE GOOD.

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WINDOWS ME

by LOGIC152003 In reply to HDD reduced by ? in Windo ...

MY PC KEEPS STOPING AND RESTARTING ALL THE TIME I HAVE WINDOWS ME AND I TOO HAVE FORMATTED MY HARD DRIVE AS I THOUGHT IT WAS THAT I DID NOT ENCOUNTER ANY EXPERIENCES LIKE U BUT IF U CAN HELP ME IT WILL BE GOOD.

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Re: Stopping and Restarting

by Bob In reply to WINDOWS ME

It sounds like a hardware problem, not software. Perhaps a bad power supply which kicks out temporarily thereby restarting the PC. Power supplies are fairly cheap, $25-$45. See if the fan in the back of the PC remains running when the PC restarts itself?

Bob

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Re: Stopping and Restarting

by Bob In reply to WINDOWS ME

It sounds like a hardware problem, not software. Perhaps a bad power supply which kicks out temporarily thereby restarting the PC. Power supplies are fairly cheap, $25-$45. See if the fan in the back of the PC remains running when the PC restarts itself?

Bob

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Which Version of Windows?

by jardinier In reply to HDD reduced by ? in Windo ...

For what it's worth, I have been running ME for two years without any problems, but then I don't try anything fancy on it. However I have heard reports that it is an unstable platform, and when you suggest "upgrading" to the earlier Windows 2000, I would just like to say that the seemingly universal opinion in my corner of the world is that 98 SE is the best version of Windows still available.

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W2K Caveats

by TheChas In reply to HDD reduced by ? in Windo ...

Why you are using Partition Magic?

Unless you need to resize a drive partiton, or work around a motherboard HDD detection issue, I avoid using any utilites that control hardware at boot.

If you play games, you may not want to go to W2K, it is a business workstation OS (like NT).

If you are running mainly productivity tasks, then W2K may be the correct choice for you.
Make sure that your hardware is supported, and have a MINIMUM of 256MB of RAM.

If you run games, and have a new enough PC, I would upgrade to XP.
It is much more stable than Me or W98.
Of course, XP will present more hardware and software compatability issues.

If the device manufacture does not have a XP version driver, assume that it will not function properly under XP.
Many devices that are on the XP HCL function only as their 'basic' device.
Many advanced features are not implemented in the
Microsoft XP device drivers.

Chas

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Please clarify

by mrafrohead In reply to HDD reduced by ? in Windo ...

When you say that you hard drive decreased in size. Are you trying to say that you have a twenty gig drive and now it is only showing as a ten gig drive.

Or are you saying that you have a twenty gig drive with five gig used, but now windoze is only showing that you have five gig free??? and the extra ten are taken automagically???

Please let me know as I have an answer for the both of the scenarios within ME.

Mrafrohead

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Recap

by Bob In reply to Please clarify

I agree w/ the above statement that Win98 is the most stable of the 9x versions but heard Win2k was superior, do to NT kernel. CPU is too slow for XP but will upgrade my #2 PC (a 333mhz Celeron) soon with that. This PC is (can you believe this) a PII 233mhz MMX w/ 521mb of RAM. I am not a gamer so Win2k still looks good to me. The PII has a 13gb C drive and a 7gb D drive. But now WinME sees the C drive as a 6gb drive. Since I have found no solutions to correct this flook in WinME I am about to fdisk it, format and ghost a good copy of WinME from the 333mhz (which has been updated to include my mail, address book and favorites as well as 180 custom bitmaps in windows. All my data: docs, pics and music are safely on the D drive w/ shortcut pointing there instead of C.

Thanks for trying!

Bob

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ETC.

by Bob In reply to Please clarify

I too have been using Windows Millennium since the beta 1 and had the final version installed before its release on September 14 (my birthday). While I've enjoyed the early benefits of most of the bells & whistles in Win2k, stability has been an ongoing issue. This last error will be the last; will upgrade the 233 to Win2k and the 333 to XP.

Thanks again,

Bob

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