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How do I get rid of the Partition?
I got this computer from a garage sale, the guy said it had dos partition, HD is 2 Gig, win3.1 show only 1gig.

I did fdisk and deleted the dos partition,
lost windows, nothing came up except bios.

loaded windows3.1 back, now it only shows about 500mg total space, How can I get back the 2 full gig with no partition?

1995 Award bios detecting HDD shows this for primary master;
OPTIONS_SIZE_CYLS_HEAD_PRECOMP_LANZ_SECT_MODE
_____________________________________________
2(Y)_____2008__973___64______0________3892__63___LBA
1_______2009_3893___16____65535______3892__63___NORM
3_______2008_1946___32____65535______3892__63___LARG

the one with (Y) is selected.
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It all depends what type of partition was on the HD fat16, fat32 NTFS etc....
if it only had DOS on the machine then you should be ok.

boot up the computer with a boot disk.

type FDISK.
view the partition information.

first you need to delete any non dos partitions,
then delete any logical dos drives in extended dos partition, next delete any extended DOS partitions.

Finaly you can delete the primary DOS Partition.
You will now need to reboot the computer with the boot disk.

Once rebooted typr FDISK.
(1) choose create DOS partition or logical dos drive.
then (1) choose Create Primary Dos partition.

If the systen asks if you would like to use the maximum space available then choose yes.

reboot the machine again with the boot disk.

format the c: drive.






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when i type fdisk now;
bad command
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I think it was fat16
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You need a windows 95 boot disk Pref service relese 1.
you then type fdisk from the a:\
this will still allow you to manage your c: partitions.
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OK, that did it, here's what information shows;
current fixed disk drive:1

partition c:1
status A
type PRI DOS
vol label -blank
mb 503
system FAT16
usage 26%
total disk space 1914 Mbytes (1 Mbyte=1048576 bytes)
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OK exit out of display information.
then select option 3.
on the next menu select option 1.

It will then say Warning Data in the Primary dos partition will be lost, what primary partition do you want to delete.

Select 1.
if it asks for the partition name leave it blank and press enter.

You will then need to reboot with the boot disk again.
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option 3 should be delete partirion or logical dos drive.
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I deleted it, rebooted, in information it's still there, the exact info I stated above.
I deleted it again, reboot and it's still there???
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tried to create primary dos partition;
it says primary dos partition already exists
and it shows what I stated above, 503mg.

what now?
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Ok did you get any messages like primary dos partition deleted?
Also could you try the option to delete any non dos partitions.

It sounds as though you hace some sort of extended partitions as the primary partition is only using 26% of the drive.

It wont let you delete the pri-dos partition if any extended partitions exist.

Even if the extended partitions are NTFS of Fat32.
If they are NTFS of Fat32 then you will need a corrisponding boot disk to delete that partition.

You could try putting the drive as a slave on a windows 95 machine with fat 32 support, then you see any partitions. and even format any extended partitions.

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try using the option to delete extended dos partition.
Should be option 3 then 2. let me know wht message if any that you get.
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yes, I did delete the others first 4,3,2, but there were none,
I deleted primary again, then did not reboot, then created primary,
it made a nasty noise blinking said;
"disk boot sector is to be modified, type Y to accept"
so I typed Y, rbooted, now primary info is same exept;
system- UNKNOWN
usage- 100%

Is it right now?
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Excellent
You need to format the drive now.
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Excellent
You need to format the drive now.
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when you say Format the drive, does that mean booting with win3.1 system disc and installing windows?
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no you  need to boot with your boot disk then when you are at the a prompt type the following. and press enter
A:>format c:
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Thanks so much for sticking with me to get this done!
you get an A
would you like some more points to help me make this cd rom work so I can load windows 95 cd?
let me know how many.
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well, guess not, that's ok
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Sorry I Was still at work while helping you, its my main internet access.

Yes no problem with helping you with the cd rom, but i wont be back on line until tommorow 11:00 GMT time.
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