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By beyoung_1955 ·
I have a WD 6 gig drive and my bios see's it at full capacity but fdisk only see's it at 812mb
any Ideas
thanks mark

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by TheChas In reply to drive capacity problem

Ideas;

Old version of fdisk that does not support FAT32.

Drive was once partitioned on a system that only recognized 812MB.

EZ-Drive BIOS overlay is installed, and fdisk cannot read the drive properly.

Make sure that you have a recent version of fdisk.
Note: if you are running W95, your version may not support FAT32, and you will need to use FAT16, and split the drive into 3 or more drives.

If the drive is a used drive, and has no data of value to you on it, run fdisk with the mbr switch to clear the Master Boot Record
fdisk /mbr
Reboot, and run fdisk again to set your partitions.

If the drive has EZ-Drive, or some other BIOS overlay, try booting up from the drive, and watching for a prompt after the POST test.
Followthe prompt, and enter the drive overlay setup.

Chas

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by randalbin In reply to drive capacity problem

As mentioned above, my first suggestion would be to try to fdisk with a version of fdisk taken from a Windows 98 machine. If that does not work try delpart.

You can download it here: http://www.avitron.de/downloads/Tools_NT/Delpart/

This will delete partitions that fdisk cannot handle. Once this is done you can fdisk and create partitions in the normal way.

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by @lberto In reply to drive capacity problem

Was it in use before?
If it was not then just go to http://www.bootdisk.com/original.htm

Download the Windows 98 SE files, create the disks and run Fdisk from there. It will detect the whole disk and you'll be able to setup a full new partition.
If it was in use and you still want to save that information e-mail me back and I'll help you with it.

Good luck,

@lberto
alberto@pancarib.com

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