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I recently bought a new computer which is spsoed to come wiht a 17G hard drive.   However in the C properties, it says it is a 3G drive.   i rang tech support and they said it was a windows bug, reinstalling windows might fix it.    Anybody heard of this problem, and if so, got any advice??  
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If the PC supplier imstalled the Win9X for u, then u should ask them to fix it for u furthermore this is a new PC.
If possible get an anti-virus with latest update.

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Recommend you run the fdisk command and use option four to see how the drive is partitioned.  Record this information and exit.  Careful that you don't actually change anything at this time or you could wipe the drive.  Sounds like the drive just needs to be repartitioned and software reinstalled or a third party installation program (normally provided with HD) installed.  Submit information about the computer to include processor, etc and info from fdisk command here after you try this.  Good Luck....

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If it is a new computer under warranty I would take it back to the supplier and insist that they rectify the issue.  That is what you have paid for.

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Try store anything that make the file in your HD more than 3G , and see if it is a display error , or the Win98 cant reconize your drive properly.
Because I have the same problem with my floppy drive before.

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I'd say find out what brand is your HD then go to their webpage. Get some HD utilities (if they provide one) and run it. Usually it's something to do with your OS.  Goto your BIOS screen by hitting del or F1, and have a look at your HD's info, if it says 17gb then you should be fine, if not you might have to get a patch for your BIOS.  If your BIOS really says 17gb HD then all your need is that HD utilities. by the way what OS are you using?
they didn't use the option large hd if you want to fix this you need a program like partion maker

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good proposed answer ron.. LOL..

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hate to post a stupid comment but do you show any other drives like D and E other than cdrom  if so check properties on them ,you may find the rest of your HD    (you didnt say anything about other drives so I had to ask )

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ronbruggeman ;
please change your answer to this question to a comment , you have locked question with a answer that is completely wrong....

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Boom 23:  BIOS says hard drive size is 17241.   is this 17G???

i'm using win98

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Yes that is approx 17 gig
1024mg X 17 = 17408
so it is about 16.8 or so

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if you want to know how to fix this just ask , I beleave I can walk you through it ( it not that hard)

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just need to know if you want 1 partition of 17 gigs or if you want several ...( I would suggest leaving the primary partition 3 gigs and making a extended partition of 14 gigs  
this way you put any inportant data and Games,programs ,whatever  on D and OS on C   ,that way if you have to format later on you dont lose anything in D

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Shawn, got the email, but you should post back on here so all can see whats going on

It showed one partition, status was A, type  was PRIDOS, mbytes was14645, syste
m was Fat32, usage was 100%. Do you have any ideas?

according to that, all is well, but thats not 17 gig , its approx. 14.5 gig
  now if you add the 3 gig that c shows in windows then its  17 or so but it says 100% usage , so I would assume you have a 14.5 gig HD  because you cant add the C reading to what fdisk says
( hope thats not too confusing )
suggest you take it back to where you bought it and let them straighten it out ,even though I have never heard of this windows bug they are talking about ... have a good day     James

P.S   I dont work at a car dealership I have owned it for 27 years  

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trekie1    it would be great if u could walk me through it.    

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trekie1    it would be great if u could walk me through it.    

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trekie:    i was thinkign about partitioning the hard drive and installing linux anyway, so i'd like at least 2 partitions, probably 3.    and i have another comptuer networked, so backing up files shoudln't be too much of a problem.  

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Already changed to large hd, didn't help.  
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is your c partition fat or fat32 ?
fat can not support this size ! use fat32

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