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Resized Partitions

By El_Cacique_1 ·
I do have a Win 98 SE, I replaced my Hard Drive from OEM 13 giga to a 20 Giga HDD, my computer is working just fine (Software and Hardware, but I am using just 13 Giga (Drive C: 7.39 and Drive 4.68), how can I resize the partitions?
I restored my back up from the Old Hard Drive (OEM 13 Giga), please help.

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by TheChas In reply to Resized Partitions

Sounds like you partitioned the new drive with the BIOS settings for the old drive.

You have 2 options.

First, verify that your PC will recognize a 20GB drive.
The system or motherboard mfg should be able to verify what size drives the system supports.

1. Start over.
Boot from a startup disk. Run fdisk, and delete ALL logical drives and partitions.

Boot again, and enter BIOS setup.
Change the hard drive settings to the correct settings for your 20GB drive.

Boot from the startup disk and partition the drive.

Restore from your backup.

2. Use a partition utility such as Partition Magic.
Caution: it is still best practice to back up all critical data first.

If your PC cannot recognize full capacity of the larger drive, you have 2 options:

1. Use the drive manufactures BIOS overlay utility.

2. Install a PCI IDE controller card.

The controller card has many performance benefits that make it worth the $30 (US) cost.


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by Power Natto In reply to Resized Partitions

Sometimes a re-boot cycle (and setting defaults) followed by a power off, after disconnecting the old drive and before re-connecting the new drive can help.

However, if DOS fdisk still cannot see the full disk size then check with the HDD maker for a utility on CD, or online. To repartition with DOS fdisk you have to scrub your previous partitions and rebuild from scratch. Parition Magic or System Commander can do the job without destroying your setup (but do watch your step!) and the graphical interface might be more friendly than the command prompt.

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