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Hard Drive Partitioning Problem


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Benny Green

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Could not find this problem by searching archives......
When I installed an additional hard drive (8Gb) some time ago, using W95, I kept the old drive (4Gb) in the system and successfully partitioned both into 2Gb chunks. Then when I upgraded to W98, I kept the same partitions without problem.
Now I have decided to clean up the computer and do a reformat and install of W98. After everything was done, the 4Gb secondary drive is fine as D:, but my C: drive shows up as only 2Gb, which I guess was the original partition. 6Gb has disappeared from the operating system.
Can anyone tell me where I went wrong, or more importantly, can I recover the 6Gb without a new total reformat? The main problem with starting over is that installing drivers and old applications gave me fits for 2 days.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Benny
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peter99

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Sounds like you have been using Fat16

http://www.computerh...es/ch000032.htm

FAT16 Limitation

The original release of Windows 95, and versions of Windows and MS-DOS released before it used a FAT16 partition table which only allowed up to a 2 Gig partition. While larger hard disk drives could be used, it required that you break up the hard drive space into multiple sections.
The second release of Windows 95, or OSR2, and later versions of Windows support a new fat referred to as FAT32. This fat table supported drives upward of 32 Gig.
In order to see more than 2 Gigs you need to either have Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98 or Windows 2000.

FDisk Instructions with screen dumps

http://www.compu-docs.com/Fdisk.htm


where to get a boot disks from ( use a win98 boot disk ) or use fdisk on the win98 cdrom

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
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Benny Green

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Yes, my hard drive is FAT16. That is why I had to do all the 2Gb partitions when I was using W95. I have a boot disk, know how to format and build a new system, and have done so. I thought I was removing the partitions when I reformatted. (In fact, the partitions on the secondary drive were removed)

The question is, now that I have re-installed W98, is there a way to recover the missing 6Gb on the primary hard drive without starting over?

Thanks. Benny
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You can use Fdisk to create a Extended partition, then create a logical partition or partitions in the extended partition. This will not effect the C: partition.

Use option 4 to see how much free space you have.

See http://www.compu-docs.com/Fdisk.htm Create DOS Partition or Logical DOS Drive from the main menu:

I prefer to use PQMagic as you can change the size of partitions without losing data, and create partitions in windows.

If I remember right there is a tool in win98 to covert fat16 partitions to fat32.

Edited by peter99, 13 August 2007 - 08:31 AM.

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Thanks so much, Peter. Your latest advice seems to be exactly what I was looking for and wondering about. I will sit down at the computer tonight and get it fixed up.
Ben
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