I bought new hard drive to replace existing on Compaq Presario portable Model 915EA. New drive is Samsung HM160HC ( 160 Gb). I was told by seller it was compatible. Took out old drive and put in new. Tried to partition it into one primary and two logical using partlogic-0.69 downloaded from internet. seemed to partition ok. I have Windows 98 startup disk I use to boot computer. Did this and used FDISK to see partitions. Problem - it did not recognise the partitions. It said disk size about 86Gb. Normally I use the startup disk to format C drive and copy system to it when i format C, then start Windows 98 load from CD I have, then load Windows XP Home Edition from CD.
Current problem - I have downloaded PTDD Easus Super Fdisk and made a boot disk. I boot portable from this and look at partitions. It says available HARDDISK1 memory 32247Mb, hard disk parameters : Cylinders 4111, head 255, sector 63. Where has rest of memory gone ???? I tried to get back to the 160Gb but no success. When creating partitions using partlogic-0.69 i specified NTFS first. However, this was not recognised by windoows 98 boot Fdisk. Then I deleted partitions and created new partitions using partlogic-0.69 and FAT32. After this the memory seems to have disappeared !!!
Please advise how I can go back to the full size on disk, what to use from internet ( free please !) to partition, format, load windows XP etc. I am a learner regarding this stuff so a step by step guidance would be greatly helpful.
Thank you .