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By shaun ·
Well, thank you all for getting my drive up, but now it is not reading the correct size. It will only read as a 2GB hard drive instead of the 40GB hard drive that it is. Please help me and thank you in advance.

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by angsax In reply to drive not reading correct ...

I didn't see your original question.

A BIOS (CMOS) limitation may be the reason you can't see it. When you first formatted the drive, you had to select the partition sizes to use. The best disks to use for this are the ones provided by the disk manufacturer.

If you can't work around this problem because you already have info on the drive, you can clone the drive to another drive then clone it back. This will allow you to see everything.

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by dmiles In reply to drive not reading correct ...

When installing a large hard drive and it fails to read the drive capacity,you most likely will need to update the bios by flashing

Boot computer,when startup screen appears,press the pause key and in the upper left corner you will see the bios version and the manufacturer,also in the lower left corner you should note the manufacturer part number of the motherboard,then use the Bios partnumber to check for updates on the web

Sites for reference
1)www.mrbios.com
2)www,tekram.com/updatesmain.asp
3)www.ping.be/bios
4)www.drivershq.com

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by RCOM In reply to drive not reading correct ...

If your BIOS sees the entire size of the drive then the limitation is due to a FAT16 partition.

Windows 95 uses FAT16 has a limitation of 2GB. Windows 95 OSR2 is the first version that supports FAT32. If you have windows 98 it asked if you wantto use FAT32. This is the first screen on FDISK the question asks to hit "Y" in order to use FAT32.


You need to start over. Run fdisk again.

Delete Existing Hard Drive Partition with FDISK

Type Y to enable 32bit FAT.
Type 3 to delete existing DOS partition.
Type 1 to delete the PRIMARY DOS PARTITION.
Type 1 to select PRIMARY DOS PARTITION.
When prompted for VOLUME LABEL, look at the partition information at the top of the screen. Type Y to verify deletion of the partition.
The primary DOS partition has been deleted. Press Esc key the system should reboot.

Create a New DOS Primary Partition

Type FDISK the at the command prompt and press ENTER:

Click #1. Create DOS Partition or Logical

Click #1. Create Primary DOS Partition

Follow the instructions to create a primary partition of the desired size.

Reboot from your boot disk. At the A type

Format C: /S

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by brass_jacket In reply to drive not reading correct ...

here is a fix for you :

this depends on you having win98 or better .

on you hard drive should be a web link too manufacturer , most new drives do now , go there , somewhere you should find a link too a special disk needed for installing hard drives which exceed bios limitations .

I have used a seagate 40 gig on a 486 dx266 , using Diskgo , its a utility disk that basically tells your bios too get .

seagates diskgo also supports western digital drives , a bonus for me .

hard drives come in 2 flavours , the first is sold too the general public , which is the bare drive in a box with screws ( if your lucky ) , second comes with a special set of disks , like diskgo .

I prefer the later , cause with the new techknology biult into them , you need the disk too enable the hard drives health monitoring system .

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