Format hard drive

I had problems with my hard drive and the restore disk would not load because of errors on the hard drive. So I re-formatted it and now my 1.2 gig hard drive is now a 10 meg hard drive.
How do I get back my 1.2 gig.  My operating system is Windows 95.  I have a start up disk but with only 10 meg I cannot reinstall Windows.  What can I do.  Also, I cannot no longer enter setup because it is asking me for a password.  Any help on getting my computer to work again will be helpful.  Thank you.
LMcLambAsked:
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rayt333Connect With a Mentor Commented:
LMcLamb
You should reject the proposed answer to move the question back to "waiting" so more "experts" will look at it and maybe help solve it.

If you cannot get into your CMOS setup to see what the HD size is shown there then you may need to remove the battery or move a jumper to erase the password, then go into CMOS setup and make sure the paramenters are set correctly before going any further, if the info is incorrect there then nothing you do with FDISK will change that
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prenexusCommented:
Heya,

Try and get hold of a little DOS program called FDISK.

When you boot , run FDISK and tell it you want to increase the size of the main partition.

It should let you choose up to the max amount (1.2 as you say).

You might have to reformat the drive again - not sure if it can randomly allocate the extra space.

You might like to also check to see if your BIOS is loading with the correct values. You can access it by hitting escape at loadup time on most computers (some have F1).

Have a look at the HDD settings and ensure everything is ok there too.

Mat
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dc_coolCommented:
You may have a computer with an older BIOS that doesn't support HD over 540 MB and when you formatted the disk, although unlikely, you may have lost the drive overlay program that came with the HD and allows your computer to utilize this larger HD.  If this is the case, then you'll need to reinstall this program.  
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rayt333Commented:
prenexus
You are new here and as such you may not know the protocol here is to post only comments until such time as the problem is solved and the person asking the question can either select your comment as the answer or ask you to repost as the answer.
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LMcLambAuthor Commented:
Need more information.  I cannot get into setup because it now ask for a password.
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prenexusCommented:
rayt333,

My apologies for the slip up. I realise what I did was pretty stupid now.

I promise not to do it again :-)

As for getting into setup - there are various ways for getting around the setup password - the most common is to remove the battery on the motherboard (as rayt333 says).
Check your motherboard doco, you might be able to disable the settings by holding down a key combination or some such.

Once you get into the BIOS again, check if LBA (Logical Block Addressing) is swtiched on. It needs to be on for drives larger than 520mb I believe.

-Mat-
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rayt333Commented:
prenexus
no problem, I was only trying to help you out
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LMcLambAuthor Commented:
I moved the jumper and it worked.  I can enter setup. But now I still cannot format the hard drive.  The 1.2 gig showed up in setup.

Do you think I need to replace my battery.  The computer is three years old.  When I run the restore diskette the percentage completed shows foriegn symbols such as 0:%
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rayt333Commented:
The battery should be fine as long as it keeps the time when shutdown.
Doesn't the restore disk format the HD before it start installing any software?
What is the error message you are getting?

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LMcLambAuthor Commented:
After leaving the restore disk running for 18+ hours, it restored the files.  In doing a surface scan over half of the hard drive have bad blocks.  Should I replace the hard drive?

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rayt333Commented:
YES   YES    YES    YES    YES    YES
If you have that many bad sectors then throw that HD away and get a new one ASAP, I would replace one if it gets any bad sectors myself but some people would say you could wait a while, not me the info is too important and HD are too cheap
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LMcLambAuthor Commented:
thank you. You were a big help.  I think you are right, I need a new hard drive.

thanks
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