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40Gb only formats 8Gb

By Moostique ·
My original 13Gb drive was corrupting and I needed more space, so I bought a 40Gb. However, it will not format beyond 8Gb. I know this a common problem, but the answer is elusive.

Model: Dan Explora Plus
Purchased: March 2000
BIOS: Supermicro P6SBA (0**69**530, r2.2, November 1999)
OS: Windows 98, 2nd edition
File Allocation: FAT32
Primary Master: 13Gb EIDE Western Digital
Primary Slave: 40Gb EIDE Western Digital
Processor: 551MHZ Pentium III
Memory: 128Mb Ram

I have tried two ways: (a) With 13Gb master and 40Gb slave, and, (b) with 40Gb on its own. Each time cables and jumpers are re-set accordingly.

1) If I boot to Startup disk the BIOS recognises the drive as 40Gb. FDISK then asks if I want to enable large disk supportfor FAT32 partitions. I click "Yes" and am always returned to the A: prompt, and can’t go any further. This happens whether I use the original Windows 98 CD or the Start-Up disk.

2) I can format the drive in Windows, but only 8Gb. Windows actually thinks it has formatted an 8Gb disk, even thought BIOS knows it is 40Gb.

My local store replaced the 40Gb, but still no difference. The drive has also been tested with Partition Magic and on a newer PC running Windows XP. Since my PC already runs a 13Gb drive I'm puzzled.

Dan, the manufacturers, are now bust, but I have contacted Microsoft, Western Digital, and Supermicro. I have tried their Knowledge Banks and helpdesks, and submitted my problem to a couple of other usergroups. Aargh - still no solutions!

Supermicro implied that my BIOS is up-to-date. Besides, I don’t want to flash it in case I do something drastic to the PC, (I’m no expert). They did suggest I disconnect my ZIP drive before formatting, but I can’t see how this will help.

Windows problem, BIOS problem, or my problem??!

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by electricdragon In reply to 40Gb only formats 8Gb

Hi,
Win98 can handle drives up to 137 gig, so it's not a windows prob.
You might try this,
1. make sure HD parameters in BIOS is set to "AUTO"(dont use auto detect).
2. Use Western digital's "Lifeguard" not Fdisk to set the partition.
3. Use Windows start up disk and format the drive from there.
HTH
E.D.

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