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I recently bought a HD of 2.1 Gigabyte. The problem is that it has a low level format performed on it. When I try to make a partition via fdist, it only shows 514 K available. How do I make the rest available or do I undo the low level format?

Thanks in advance.
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Any IDE HDD that you buy will have a low level format on it already.  The problem with you are having it with your system BIOS.  Either it cannot support drives larger than 540MB or you have not enabled "Large Hard Drive Support" or LBA in your BIOS CMOS settings.  If you find that your BIOS is too old to support a large HD, you have a couple of options:

1) Get an updated BIOS (see www.unicore.com)
2) Use one of the large hdd support utilities.  If you bought your HDD retail, I'm surprised it didn't come with one of these already.  Ontrack makes one called Disk Manager that is widely used by many HDD manufacturers.  This program installs itself on the BOOT sector of the HDD and get loaded first.  It then "patches" the hard drive parameters so that the whole drive can be used.
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