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Fdisk questions re- small harddrive
zuleika Jan-21-01 11:34 AM
Hi, as a beginner , I have been attempting to f/disk an old Seagate hard drive ( model ST3660A )
my first puzzle is how do I tell what size it is ?
it says 500 mb (approx ) on the exterior of the drive, yet on the screen, it is shown as 1032 mb....
If I select 'maximum available size for primary DOS partition' when I try to format the drive afterward, it only gets to 50% then I get a message saying 'Formatting 1031.59 m. trying to recover allocation unit
17,222' ( digits increment very slowly )
I have 2 other hard drives which also only appear to be 500 mb after formatting ...even though marked on the exterior label as 1088 mb approx.
I want use the entire drive as a c drive.
A tad confusing....I must be getting something wrong.

1. RE: Fdisk questions re- small harddrive
lbyard Jan-21-01 04:08 PM
In response to message 0
… how do I tell what size it is? Go to Seagate’s web site at http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/specs/model_st3.html and look it up. The ST3660A is at http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/ata/st3660a.html and is 545.5 Mbytes. Be sure your computer CMOS is properly setup for the hard disk. If your computer auto detects hard disk drives, set it that way. If not set it for the correct drive parameters per the installation guide at http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/iguides/ata/630idmra.pdf. If the computer does LBA, it should be set that way. All drive manufactures that I am aware of have hard disk data on their web sites. To go beyond 1024 cylinders (about 528 Mbytes, as I recall) with MS-DOS, your computer’s BIOS must support logical block addressing (LBA) or you will need a software solution, such as Disk Manager (http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/drivers/discwiz.html) EZ (http://www.maxtor.com/Maxtorhome.htm). If you still get those errors after setting the drive up correctly, place it in the nearest circular file. Larry

2. RE: Fdisk questions re- small harddrive
zuleika Jan-21-01 08:41 PM
In response to message 1
Thanks for your assistance ,


Dean (NZ)

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