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Bad Format of 20G HDD with Win 98 SE

By CZECHMATE ·
I have a system wi a 200 MHz Pentium MMX wi, 128MB RAM, and running Win 2K Pro. It would not run a Lexmark 73 USB printer. I decided that Win 2K Pro had too much overhead for system so did an Fdisk and Format on WD 20GB HDD using Win 98 SE boot disk. Win 98 only sees 8GB drive and will not see remaining 12GB of drive no matter what I try. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Bad Format of 20G HDD with Win 98 SE

by TheChas In reply to Bad Format of 20G HDD wit ...

Based on the age of the PC, I suspect that the BIOS has an 8GB HDD detection limit.

There are 3 ways to get around this:

Upgrade the BIOS. If you are lucky, the motherboard mfg will have an update that you can download.
To help find the mfg,use the identification tools at either www.motherboards.org
or www.wimsbios.com

Option 2 is to use a BIOS or drive overlay program. You can usually download a free version from the drive mfgs web site.
Caution: You need to follow a special sequence to boot from a floppy when using a drive overlay program.

Option 3 is to purchase a PCI IDE controller card. You can find PC100 cards for under $30 at various web-tailers.
Then, you need to set the BIOS on the PC to boot from SCSI to use the controller card.
The only caution, is that you sometimes need to load the OS before connecting the drive to the card.

Chas

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Bad Format of 20G HDD with Win 98 SE

by CZECHMATE In reply to Bad Format of 20G HDD wit ...

Thanks for the assistance. Fdisk showed only 1 dos partition on the drive and no others. Microsoft Knowledge Base told me that this is a known bug with Win 98 SE. They told me how to duplicate the problem but not how to fix it. If BIOS upgrade doesn't work I will ghost the drive on another machine. Thanks again.

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Bad Format of 20G HDD with Win 98 SE

by M.A.S. Matrix In reply to Bad Format of 20G HDD wit ...

Question...did the full 20 gb show up when w2k was installed? if so, the other 12 gb of the drive are formatted ntfs. w98 will not see this type of format. when you run fdisk check to see if there is a non-dos partician. if there is, this will be the ntfs. you must delete this non-dos drive first(logical drive) then the primary. after this..reboot and run fdisk again and set up your new primary dos partician. ingnore the warning..you will get this because you have not set up the particiansyet.

if this is not the case then i would go with the above answer...good luck

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Bad Format of 20G HDD with Win 98 SE

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Bad Format of 20G HDD with Win 98 SE

by agumnad In reply to Bad Format of 20G HDD wit ...

If you ran fdisk and formatted your HD, did you answer Y to the startup querry to enable large disk support? If you did, then you should have checked under Drive information re: your drive properties. if it could only see 8Gb without listing any nonDOS partitions, then check if your CMOS if the HD parameters entered for your disk is correct. If there are non-Dos partitions listed, delete it and create either one single partition or as I would prefer, 1 primary and 1 extended. The only reason why I do this is that when and if your unit will recognize the full capacity of your drive, running scandisk and defrag takes forever on large partitions esp since you have only a 200MHz CPU. I've successfully installed my 20Gb Maxtor HD on a 166Mz pentium without problems so I know that it's possible on your unit.

hope this helps.

N-gel

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