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By wilderr1 ·
I have an athlon 1200 with a 20gb. hard drive. I am running 98 s.e. Can somebody talk me through formatting the hard drive in such a way thats it shows 20gb. in one drive letter (C) only? Thank you very much for your support. Robert Reid Wilderr1@pacbell.net

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by MCS-1 In reply to Hard drive formatting

Assuming your drive is installed and ready to go ...

1. Boot with your Win98 floppy.
2. At the A:> prompt type FDISK [enter]
3. If you don't see your primary partition as one big 20GB space, remove all extended partitions and what-not until youhave 20GB free you can make as one partition.

note: If you're not familiar with FDISK just play around with it until you get the idea. Since you want to make this drive as one partition you really can't hurt anything if you press a wrong key (unless you have two hard drives on this machine ... in which case just make sure you don't press Option 5 on the menu).

4. Do the reboot stuff.
5. Back at the A:> prompt type FORMAT C:[enter]
6. You should now have a 20GB drive C:

Again, make sure none of this stuff is done if you have anything on the hard drive of any value - this will wipe everything clean. If you have another hard drive on the system and you want to make sure you don't lose anything, I'd suggest yanking the IDE cable off for now just to make sure you don't accidentally wipe it.

Good luck, and feel free to email me.

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by wilderr1 In reply to Hard drive formatting

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by TheChas In reply to Hard drive formatting

You first need to have the drive set up as a single partition.

If you use fdisk to repartition the drive, you will LOOSE all files and data on the drive.

If you do not want to loose all the data, and need to re-install Windows and your applications, your only option is a partition manager utility such as Partition Magic.

For using fdisk, there are several tutorial links at www.fdisk.com/fdisk

There is also a good article on partition strategy at www.aumha.org

Under FAT32, a 20GB hard drive may actually have more 'usable' space partitioned as a 16GB and a 4GB.
This is due to the fact that as your partition gets larger, the cluster size increases.
A 20GB partition will have 32K byte clusters.
Every file, (even a 1 byte file) takes up a minimum of 32K of the drives capacity.
A 33K file will actually use 64K as it will take up 2 clusters.
A 16GB drive will have 16K Byte clusters, and thus, less 'slack' space.
A 4GB drive will have 4K byte clusters, and would be a goodchoice for storing small data files efficiently.

Chas

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Hard drive formatting

Use PartitionMagic from Powerquest.

Question. Is the drive recognised in BIOS as the full 20Gb? If not, that must be addressed first.

Was the 98SE an upgrade for Win95? If so, it sounds like the drive was partitioned as Fat16, with a limit of 2.1Gb per partition. PQPM will resolve that, allow you to combine partitions and end up with a single drive, preserving all your data.

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