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RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
kamlesh Aug-08-01 05:49 PM
Hi,
I am using WIn98SE and I installed a new quantum ata 100 20gig drive. I have partioned the whole drive as D and when I click on my computer and display the space it only displays 2gigs of space.
I have it formated as 32bit.
I am puzzled by this not displaying the full 20gig hard drive space.

Please can you help me solve this problem.

Regards
Kamlesh


1. RE: RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
lbyard Aug-08-01 06:21 PM
In response to message 0
It looks like the drive was parted and formatted as a FAT16 vice a FAT32 drive, but Windows could be lying. How are you checking the drive size? Right click the drive, Properties. View the partition/format with fdisk from DOS with a Startup floppy (see our How to’s if you need to make one). What motherboard is the drive plugged into? Larry

2. RE: RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
kamlesh Aug-08-01 07:23 PM
In response to message 1
Hi Larry,
I formatted the new driver as FAT32.
I have a Abit 6020 motherboard.
I right click on the drive and under properties it only displays 2gigs.


Kamlesh


3. RE: RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
lbyard Aug-08-01 07:49 PM
In response to message 2
Is the drive set to Auto in the CMOS Setup, Standard Setup? Larry

4. RE: RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
kamlesh Aug-13-01 01:12 PM
In response to message 3
Hi Larry,
Yes it has been set to auto in the CMOS.
I have partion magic and it show the drive is 20gigs.
When I go to my computers ,select d drive and properties it show only 2 gigs.


6. RE: DISK DRIVE SPACE
lbyard Aug-13-01 02:04 PM
In response to message 4
I have seen Windows versions that support FAT32 "lie" about the size of a FAT32 disk or partition a few times. When it is lying it says it says it’s a 2 gig partition. I don’t know what causes it and can find no reference to it in Microsoft’s Knowledgebase. I would guess that it “thinks” the partition is a FAT16 partition. FAT16 partitions have a 2 gig limit. Open a DOS window in Windows and type:
C\>chkdsk
You could verify the size further by copying more than 2 gigs to the drive. In the cases I've seen all of the partition was useable, thus the conclusion that the 2 gig size is a fib.
Larry


7. RE: RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
kamlesh Aug-13-01 02:31 PM
In response to message 3
Hi Larry,
The cmos is set to AUTO and I have PARTION MAGIC which shows the D drive has 20gigs.
When I click on my computers and then select the D drive and under properties it shows only 2gig.
I have the d drive a one 20gig partion.
Please can you help me rectify this problem.

I appreciate your help.

Kamlesh


8. RE: RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
lbyard Aug-13-01 03:57 PM
In response to message 7
Guess I wasn't clear? I don't think you have a problem; just a Windows that is being dishonest. Try loading the drive with more than 2 gigs of data, etc. Larry

9. RE: RE : DISK DRIVE SPACE
kamlesh Aug-14-01 01:33 PM
In response to message 8
Hi,
I tried copying a file to the D drive and it said it was full.
I fired up PARTION MAGIC and looked at the d drive and it showed the 2 gig file size, when I make the size bigger it does grow.
Does partion magic allow you to increase the disk size without damaging the data.
I have not tried it yet.
I also went to the D drive and did fdisk and it showed it as FAT32.

I really appreciate your help

Thank you

Kamlesh


11. DISK DRIVE SPACE
lbyard Aug-14-01 01:51 PM
In response to message 9
You should be able to expand the partition with Partition Magic without damaging the data, but I have seen Partition Magic fail. Whenever doing an operation of this nature, it is advisable to backup you data. The minute you become lax or get in a hurry is when Murphy steps in. You may have to expand it more than once to get it to the size you want. I think I would simply start over by backing-up any critical data, removing the partition with fdisk, creating a new partition with a Windows startup floppy--for FAT32 support--and fdisk--making sure large disk support is selected, formatting the partition without transferring the system files, and doing a clean install or Windows. Larry

12. RE: DISK DRIVE SPACE
hillbilly Aug-16-01 01:23 AM
In response to message 11
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There is serious validity to the File Allocation Table theory....but in my experience ....once you've reached the point of no return as you have .....FDisc and start over!!!...just my humble opinion>>>> a 20 gig drive should be partitioned into at least 2 drives ...otherwise clusters are so large that you loose more space than you use ....unless this is for FTP server data.....but again just a thought......in CMOS "D" drive ....why "D"?? a secondary drive or a network drive?? wasn't designated as LBA>>>> partion magic will screw you if you aren't on top of it ....use DOS ......you may need to FDisc and start over....once again ...<<<I'm in no way affiliated >>> but "Ultimate Boot Disc " makes this easy!!!!!!!


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