I recentlly Reformatted PC hardrive is all messed up please help

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I recentlly reformatted my pc. I had a 15gb harddrive now it shows up at a 1.99 gb. My file system was fat thats all it said so I converted to Fat32 and still have 1.99gb instead of 15gb. Is there anyway to get back the space that is gone. Or do I have reformatt all again =( thank you very much any help is appreciated.
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Has this hard drive been in this PC before or have you just dropped it in?

Check the BIOS and see what it recognises it as, generally you set the BIOS to AUTO detect the hard drive.  if it doesn't recognise it correctly you will need a BIOS update.

Have you more than one partition?  Use the fdisk util and check.  Remove all partitions and rebuild one partition if necessary.
WakeupSpecialist 1

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Also since reformatting, did you by chance used to have a drive overlay software installed?  And converting a drive from Fat16 to Fat32 will not just instantly gain your Full use of the drive.  What it sounds like is it was formatted Fat16, and then you converted to 32...However Fat16 only supports 2 gig partitions.  Hence the 1.99 gb.  So you will mostlikely have to reformatt and reinstall.

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Check the bios setup for the harddisk parameters.

try using ontrack partition manager to partition and format ur drive. Ontrack will help ur pc to identify the drive capacity if ur mother board is old and cann't support large drives.

any ways try this option u will lose all ur data, u need to take a backup b4 doin this.

i would like to know ur harddisk make and model
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FDISK creates the partitions and sizes them. If you had a 1.9g FAT16 and converted it to FAT32, it would still be 1.9g, until you use FDISK to delete all current partitions and create a new one using long block addressing, (need a win98 boot disk for that, but it creates the FAT32 structure), and then format it.

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Well before i reformatted I did Fdisk and reformatted I think I created the partition wrong is were the problem came into play. This is the same harddrive I've had in  this pc for 3yrs now. Is it possible to create a new partition and use up the extra space is its there. Or will I have to Fdisk delete and create a new partition then reformatt. Im currently using win98se
Quid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
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You can add an extra partition to use up the extra space using fdisk.

Or delete the partition you created and then recreate using all the space.

Either way, your choice.

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K I checked Fdisk it shows 16% used I'd rather not reformat again but I can. Would it be better just to add another partition. If so I'm not to knowledgeable on the types which type should I make. Create Dos Primary partition, extend dos partition, Logical Dos drive(s) in Extended DOS partitian. Thanks to everyoen for all the help was so frustrated last night couldnt sleep.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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If you keep your present partitiion you will only be allowed to create an extended partition.  

You can then create a logical dos drive in the extended partition.

For information on how to use fdisk see

http://www.computerhope.com/fdiskhlp.htm

and here is an fdisk simulation you can step through

http://www.computerhope.com/sfdisk1.htm
WakeupSpecialist 1

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As stated by everyone else, yes you can create new partitions after the first.  What operating system are you using?  It may be worth your while to make the C: a bit bigger in the long run, especially on OS's like Windows XP and Win2k.  If you are running 95, 98, ME, 98SE...then 2 gig will probably hold most of what you need on the 2 gig for the OS...and not much of anything else.

Here is few great pages on FDISK and Partitions.  Even comes with Pictures, to help those who are not sure what they are looking at(probably several of the best pages for this material in my opinion):
http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/fdisk/fdisk1.htm
http://www.microlanduk.com/support/how%20to%20fdisk.htm
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