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By 7764sal ·
I fdisked my hard drive to remove W/2000 and reinstall W/98. My hard drive is a Maxtor 8 GB. After reformatting, the available space on the drive is showing as 504MB. How can I remedy this?

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by pgcarter In reply to Hard Drive Issue

A couple possabilties come to mind:
A)Make sure you fdisked using fat32 rather than fat16, When you start fdisk it will ask you if you would like large disk support, say yes, then fdisk. You could also check to see if you are fat16 or 32 by just looking at fdisk catatgory informaation, for partition type, 2000 could be fat32 or ntfs, both support large hard drives.

b) when you set up the disk in the bios, make sure it is using LBA mode before fdisking. Hope this helps.

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by TheChas In reply to Hard Drive Issue

It may be a BIOS limit on your motherboard.
If so, you need to install a bios overlay program such as EZ-Drive onto your drive.

Alternately, you could install a ATA100 IDE card onto your system to handle the large drive, and improve performance.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Hard Drive Issue

CookBook Instructions:
I Discover what you have presently
1. Start FDisk and select Display Partition Information.
2. Check for any Non-DOS partitions, so remove them, and exit FDisk
3. Shut down, remove all power
II Reset Partition(s)
1. Power on and stop at BIOS; fro your Primary Master select, Auto-Detect, and LBA 32-Bit mode
2. Esc and save changes, and continue to boot to A:
III Setting up Partition(s)
1. Start FDisk, and double check Display Partition Information, should show none at this time
2. At menu select Create DOS Partition or Logiacal DOS Drive. Here you will have the opportunity to make one large partition or multiple partitions.
3. After the system finishes makeing the partition(s), then exit, at A: turn power completely off to instate the changes.
IV Format and Install OS
1. Boot up with Window 98 Startup disk, and observe the BIOS information showing the Primary Master information along with the rest of your system .
2. Select Strtup with CDRom Support (note your CDRom Drive letter), and @ A: type "FDisk /MBR" to insure not MBR viruses. Then type "format C:/S/U" and hit enter (Then 'U' indicate unconditional formatting to remove any images from the HDD. Change to CDRom Drive letter (ie; E: if only one primary HDD and CDRom ( is presently your RAM Drive, and instert Windows 98 CD into drive. Type "setup" and start installation of OS (if does not start then change into Windows directory on the CD (type ie; "CD E:\Win98 [or what ever is listed - type "dir E:\" to see]to start setup of windows.
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by 7764sal In reply to Hard Drive Issue

This answer was very helpful and concise. Solved my problem in less than 5 minutes.

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by briantruitt In reply to Hard Drive Issue

When creating the new partition, make sure you enable LBA, Large Block Addressing. If you didn't you probably got an error stating that you didn't have enough room to install Win98.

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