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Windows 98 and an 80GB HDD

By dwilliamson ·
I have a Maxtor 80GB HDD that I am trying to install into a computer running Windows 98 and of course it is only recognizing 32GB. The Motherboard is a Gigabyte BX2000 with an original bios version of v.1.8. I have flashed the bios with version F8 (which according to the motherbaord websight will allow it to recognize an 80GB HDD) but it still only sees 32GB. Now, I did have an OS installed on the hard drive with a 32GB partition. How can I eliminate the current partition, increase the drive capacity to 80GB and get this machine back to its user. Thanks.

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Windows 98 and an 80GB HDD

by Alpha-Male In reply to Windows 98 and an 80GB HD ...

The problem that you are running into is that you can only format a FAT32 partition to 32gb. If you want to format one large 80GB partition, you will need to install 2000/XP and use NTFS.

For what it's worth, it isn't very efficient or practicalto use one huge partition...

Take a look here for Fat32 info

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];Q154997

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/default.asp?url=/WINDOWSXP/home/using/productdoc/en/choosing_between_NTFS_FAT_and_FAT32.asp

Delete any spaces in the URLs.

Good luck...hope this helps.

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Windows 98 and an 80GB HDD

by BobHo In reply to Windows 98 and an 80GB HD ...

I think this is a problem with your version of fdisk. Microsoft has a fix for the original verison that shipped with 98SE. Here's a link to the kb article. Download the new fdisk and try it on your drive. Win98 and fat32 do not have problems with disks larger than 32gb but you need the proper fdisk.

Here's the link:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q263044&

Also, read the related article listed at the bottom of the page regarding formating the drive.

Enjoy,DrBob:&gt

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Windows 98 and an 80GB HDD

by grandhighdruid In reply to Windows 98 and an 80GB HD ...

If the above doesn't work, the only way I got a solution to this problem was to set the drive jumpers with the 'drive limitation' setting (I believe it is called; its been awhile). I had to get an 80GB HDD to work in a Win 98 machine that supposedly would not be able to see an 80GB HDD, and this was the only way I could get it to work. After that, it should work as usual. Hope this helps!!!

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by dwilliamson In reply to Windows 98 and an 80GB HD ...

THat was it, the drive limitation jumper was set to....32gb, so it was only being listaed as a 32 GB drive, took off the jumper and whalaa...80gb ready to go. Thanks alot..

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