[Webinar] Streamline your web hosting managementRegister Today

  • Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 328
  • Last Modified:

partitioning hard drive

I have been using a computer for 6 months now and want to partition this used computer i have.It is a pentium II, 233, win98, using fat32, the primary master says "wdc ac36400l, primary slave none,secondary master none, secondary slave cd-rom 32x/aku". it says the hard drive is larger than 512mb.  I do not know how to find out the size of my hard drive. can someone tell me how to do this using fdisk. i would like to keep the primary and secondary masters the same if possible
  • 4
  • 3
1 Solution
Is size all you need? If so, wdc means it's a western digital. According to their web site, these are the statstics:

AC36400 6,448.6 13328x15x63 UDMA

Found at their web site:


If you really want to use Fdisk, just use option 4, display partition information. This will tell you the size of the drives.
passingbyeAuthor Commented:
i want to know how to partition my hard drive with the info i have stated
Will You Be GDPR Compliant by 5/28/2018?

GDPR? That's a regulation for the European Union. But, if you collect data from customers or employees within the EU, then you need to know about GDPR and make sure your organization is compliant by May 2018. Check out our preparation checklist to make sure you're on track today!

The easiest way to Partition your hard disk and keep all your
programs plus Windows 98, is to use PARTITION MAGIC


You can follow Partition Magic's recommendations as to
the best sizes for your partitons.
Sorry. Thought you were looking for size info from:

>>I do not know how to find out the size of my hard drive. can someone tell me how to do this using fdisk.

1. To partition drive, run FDisk as you thought.
BTW, as you can imagine, FDisk will destroy any data so be sure there is nothing you want to save.

2. If the system says something about allowing for bigger size drives, enter "Y" for yes. This basially enables Fat32 which is better.

3. Choose option 2, choose active partition. Make a choice to choose the drive you want to partition. I'm assuming that you want the primary since it's the only one you mentioned so choose 1 which will be the primary partition. Here it may say that you only have one partition which means you basically don't need to do this step but I included it for completeness. Hit escape after this is done.

4. If you already have a partition, choose option "3. Delete partition or logical DOS drive". If not, skip to step 7.

5. For each extend partition, hit "2. Delete partition". If you don't have any extend partitions, you can skip this step.

6. If you only have one partition, just choose option "1. Delete primary DOS partition."

7. Back at the main screen, choose "1. Create DOS partion or logical DOS drive"

5. Choose "Create Primary DOS partition".

6. You have a choice about how big to make the partition. I suggest having one large partition, which is supported with FAT32, but you can break it into smaller sections if you want.

7. I cannot do all of these steps exactly on my machine for fear of erasing my own drive, but you should be asked to name the volume, any name you choose.

8. If you chose to break the disk into a couple of partitions, you need to create "Extended Partitions". Basically on each drive, you need one primary and can optionally have multiple extended partitions. If you need to create extended, go to the "Create DOS Partiton or Logical DOS Drive" window, option 2 from main window, and select "Create Extended partion". YOu should have to thing similar to steps 6 and 7.

Finally when you're done, hit escape a couple of times til you're out of the program. You will probably be required to reboot the system. The only step left is to format the drive using "format x:", where x is each of the drives you created. (Probably just one, c:)

Of course I can't remember every exact item like how many escapes to hit between menus but hopefully this should help you out. Of course, a word of caution: make sure you partition the right drive because you will loose everything there. Furthermore, if you are simply wanting to add a partition (another drive letter) to a drive you are currently using, you will still loose everything on that physical disk. If you need to do this, use some third party software, like partition magic, not FDISK.

To answer a couple of minor questions you have: You do not need to know the size of your drive, FDISK and FORMAT will work fine. Since your hardware list has only one drive as primary master, it will be assigned C: and you don't currently have a "Secondary master" Primary and secondary come from the fact that you have two different cables for hard drives to connect to. Master and Slave come from the fact that there are two connectors on each cable. Here, I am talking about physical drives, not drive letters. If you are adding a drive letter without a physical drive, you will not change any primary/secondary/master/slave settings.
passingbyeAuthor Commented:
thanks qqilman,one other point...
cd-rom which is the secondary slave, since i am new to this partitioning, how do i add  this in the partition
You don't partition CD-ROM Drives. Only hard drives get partitioned. By partitioning, you are basically telling your system what physical disks you have and what size chunks you want them to be broken into for logical drives (i.e. drive letters). What you need to do to get a CD-ROM working is just load the device drivers. The device drivers will assign a drive letter to the CD which can only have one drive lettter and cannot be broken into multiple chunks.
Assuming you are going to be installing Win98 on a freshly partitioned/formatted drive, your best bet is to get a Win98 startup floppy from another machine. This will have the generic CD-ROM drivers which should work in most cases. This will allow you to get the installation from CD started. If you watch during a boot from such a floppy, you will see a message saying something like "CD-Rom as drive E:"
After that, Win98 will install its own drivers to your hard drive. BTW, Win95 startup disks do not have CD-ROM drivers. If by some chance these generic CD-ROM drivers don't work (though they should over 90% of the time) , you'll  have to go to your CD-ROM manufacturer and get DOS drivers for the CD from them.
passingbyeAuthor Commented:
thank you qqilman
very much appreciated

Featured Post

Hire Technology Freelancers with Gigs

Work with freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely, and get projects done right.

  • 4
  • 3
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now