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bios shows 2.1 G windows 95 shows 503 mg

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I had EZ drive installed on WD Hard drive.  I updated bios and it shows 2.1 G drive.  I reinstalled windows 3 times but it still only shows 503 mg.  A techie told me to remove EZ drive which I did.  Should I reinstall EZ drive and when it says that the drive is already set up, is it okay to overwrite files?  Or do I have to start all over and format C: and lose everything?  
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by:G0LIATH
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Check to see if your HD is partitioned. From a MS-DOS prompt run fdisk and choose option 4. Display partition information.
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by:sgenther
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you will have to fdisk your drive again to remove the EZ stuff...which means you have no choice but to either back up your stuff or lose it. If you updated your bios you shouldn't have to use EZ anymore.
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by:cnevaquaya
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I did update my bios after removing EZ drive.  I tried to use LBA in setup and then I get invalid system disk I had to setup as User Normal and insert proper cyl. etc.  I reinstalled windows 95 three times and it still says 503 Mg.  Help!
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by:sgenther
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If you cant get the bios to correctly recognize it in LBA mode thats where your problem lies...It may be helpful if we knew the make and model of your pc.
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by:cnevaquaya
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You are right, in fdisk there is one partition and only 503 mgs.  I am afraid I built this computer at home (not very well apparently) but I have limited funds.  It is a 166 pentium, the motherboard is a Shuttle Spacewalker Hot555a and the new award bios is 4.51 555wiqoh.  The pci set (tm) is i430 vx.  My hard drive is a Western Digital 2100 2.1 G. So what steps do I take now.  I tried to use lba in setup but "invalid system disk" comes up when I did.  So I had to use Normal -User and put in cyclinders etc. Auto wouldn't pick up the 2.1 either.  What should I do now, I've backed up as much as I can!  
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tedoff earned 0 total points
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Do not do this unless you are ready to lose everything on the drive!  You will also need a bootable floppy disk with the format and fdisk commands (test that you can boot with the floppy before proceeding).  Once you are sure you have backed up and can erase the entire drive, run FDISK, then delete the primary DOS partition.  Create the primary DOS partition again, and let FDISK use all available space for the drive.  Exit FDISK and restart, using your bootable floppy.  Format the C: drive, and install Win95.
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by:cnevaquaya
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Thank you for all the answers!  I appreciate all of you.  
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