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By seanyas ·
I am running Windows 98 SE on an NCR 3259 PC (Pentium 133MHz). I have a 20GB hard drive which was partitioned using Windows 3.11 which did not have large drive support. I have multiple partitions of about 2GB each. After upgrading to Windows 95 and then 98, can I have 98 see the entire 20GB as one partition? Can I upgrade from FAT to FAT32? Can I do this without formatting the hard drive and copying files back to the hard drive?

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by SyscoKid In reply to Seeing entire 20GB hard d ...

You would have to run fdisk to delete all partitions and recreate on partition, then format and reinstall. Needless to say, you'd lose all your data.

The other optionis to use a tool like Partition Magic:

http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/

And yes, you can upgrade from Fat to Fat32 in Windows 98.

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by Ann777 In reply to Seeing entire 20GB hard d ...

Make sure you have the last BIOS flash, if available, for your motherboard. You'll want to flash the motherboard before trying to upgrade the hard drive. If you cannot find a recent (within the last 4-5 years, bios upgrade, then I would recommend you look into a whole new system). Check for other upgraded drivers/firmware available for all installed components, as well.

First of all, the maximum hard drive capacity supported by Windows 3.1 is 8.4GB. Your plan to take Win3.1 and upgrade to Win95, then upgrade again to Win98 is a problem. I'd NEVER recommend that anyone use an "upgrade" cd more than once (and even then, I dislike upgrades to an OS -- it leaves too much trash on the hdd and sometimes creates other problems). What Irecommend you do is purchase a Win98SE full install cd (not an upgrade cd) and start from there.

"Everything" you wish to do with this system, may not be possible. The major hurdle will be in getting your system bios upgraded to a point where itwill recognize the 20 GB hdd as a single partition. This is a hardware hurdle... not software. You will have software issues as well with what you plan to do.

Good luck.

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by TheChas In reply to Seeing entire 20GB hard d ...

As ASyscoKid stated, Partition Magic (or a similar utility) is the only way to do this without starting over.

Since you started out in DOS with this drive, make sure that there is not a drive overlay program in use to allow the motherboard to usethe entire drive. Many of the Pentium class motherboards were limited to 8.4GB Hard drives.

Also, make sure to back up any critical files before you start. (Any time you modify partitions you have a risk of loosing files.)

Finally, if any programs are installed on the extra partitions, you will need to at a minimum adjust the paths in the shortcuts to the programs. You may even need to re-install some applications.

If the motherboard cannot deal with the 20GB hard drive, I recommend using a PCI IDE controller card. For under $30, you should get a data transfer speed improvement in addition to support for larger hard drives.

Chas

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