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Win NT4.0 Harddrive sizing

By Mr Wolf ·
I have just installed winnt 4.0 workstation. I would like to know why the Install procedure would not allow me to fully allocate my 6Gb harddisk to one drive. I had to partition into two drives which is a minor pain if anything. I tried selectingNTFS and then Fat as the preferred format but was rejected on both, the OS saying the size of the partition was too large.
Is there a fix to this? I have tried using the updated atapi.exe from the MS Knowledge Base and Service Pack 6.0 is installed at present.

Previous OS was Win98 SE, box is 433Mhtz PII.

Thanks

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by Berserker In reply to Win NT4.0 Harddrive sizin ...

NT 4 does not recognized partition larger that 2 GB when installling NT 4. The best thing to do is to create a DOS partition of about 500MB and then install the NT 4 on the unformatted partition. That should solve the installation problem.

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by Soekratis In reply to Win NT4.0 Harddrive sizin ...

First of all, don't get mixed-up with NT and DOS limitation. The reason NT setup do not recognize hard disk partition above 2 GB is becauce NT uses (need to use) DOS partition (FAT) during the initial setup thus this is the limitation on the DOS partition (FAT).

However, there is a painful way of using all the available hard disk space in 1 NTFS partition when installing NT4. You will need another system already running NT4 in order to do it.

If not, create the primary partition not morethan 2048MB so that the setup will be successful. Don't worry, you will still be able to use the rest of the available hard disk space. Once NT is up, go to disk management and you will be able to create an extended partition and format it to NTFSor FAT. It will then be your logical secondary drive. e.g "d" drive.

Good Luck

Regards
Soekratis

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by @lberto In reply to Win NT4.0 Harddrive sizin ...

Hello,

NT has a limitation, its kernel its build to work only on FAT16 (as a primary partition), this kind of File Allocation Table only can manage upto 2 Gbytes. That's a big limitation. But there is a solution for it, just build a 1 Gybte as your partition C and the rest you can build it as a partition D if you want, the second partition can be as big as you want because you can make it NTFS and this one will allow to make it as big as you want.

Good luck,
@lberto

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