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Lost Disk Space After using FDisk

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I used Fdisk to erase my 16GB hard Drive and i reinstalled Win98 on it and now I only have 1.96Gb now.How can I fix this problem? Can you help me????
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by:CrazyOne
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I think you mistakenly made the partition FAT16

http://www.firmware.com/support/bios/hdclear.htm

http://www.geocities.com/~budallen/fdisk_format_reinstall.html

1st you need to "Delete Existing Hard Drive Partition with FDISK"

1.Make a boot disk with your CD-ROM driver, FDISK, edit, himem.sys, Format. (www.bootdisk.com)

2.Place the Windows 9x boot disk into the floppy drive.

3.When presented with the utility menu select option 1 for FDISK.

4.When prompted press any key to continue.

5.Type Y to enable 32bit FAT. N for FAT16 (note: you will be limited to creating partions of 2.0gig in size.

6.Type 3 to delete existing DOS partition.

7.Type 1 to delete the PRIMARY DOS PARTITION.

8.Type 1 to select PRIMARY DOS PARTITION.

9.When prompted for VOLUME LABEL, look at the partition information at the top of the screen. Type in exactly what is written under Volume Label for the first partition. If there is nothing there, press the Enter key.

10.Type Y to verify deletion of the partition.

11.The primary DOS partition has been deleted. Press the Esc key and the system should reboot to the utility menu.

Create a New DOS Primary Partition

1.Type FDISK the at the command prompt and press ENTER:

2.Click #1. Create DOS Partition or Logical DOS drive' and press ENTER.

3.Click #1. Create Primary DOS Partition' and press ENTER.

4.Follow the instructions to create a primary partition of the desired size.

5.Set your Active Partition. Select 2 from the FDISK Main menu, and set your active partition drive. It should be your primary partition.

6.Now that's done, get out of FDISK and reboot your system and boot from your boot disk. When you again arrive at the DOS prompt, you can use the format command to format your hard disk drives:

7.At the A:\ type Format X: Where X: is the drive you want to format and press ENTER.

8.Format will ask you if your sure you wish to continue and at this point the data been long gone so just hit the Y key.

9.After the format, you can switch to your CD-ROM drive and run setup.exe.
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by:Jay_001_us
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It is a FAT32 Format and I tried to go more than 2014mb but, it wont let!!
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CrazyOne earned 130 total points
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Try it again but get into the BIOS and make sure the LBA is enabled
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by:Huseyin1
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Hi

Go back into FDISK and hit "4" to see your partitions, How many partitions do you have (eg, C: D:) there indicated by numbers 1 2 etc.

After you have set your partitions remember to set the primary drive as active, do it now set C: as active, if it says you already have it active then fine.

.......after press Esc to get back to A:\ dos prompt, and then do Alt+Ctrl+Del to reset then format each or just C:) drive.

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by:BillDL
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Did you shut down completely and then start up again immediately after using FDISK, but BEFORE formatting the drive?

Yhis step is essential.  It will tell you that the drive has an unrecognised format (or something like that) when you start up.  Remember to "enable large disk support".

Download this standalone help file and run it:

http://www.fdisk.com/fdisk/FDISK.HLP.zip

or look at this online FDISK Simulation:

http://www.computerhope.com/sfdisk1.htm
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by:bjorndahlen
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The problem comes from answering the fdisk question "enable large hard disk support" with no.
this will limit the partition size to 2GB. whether you later format FAT16 or FAT32 is irrelevant.
What you need to do is to go back to fdisk, enable large disk support, delete the 2GB partition,
and create a new one, either spanning the entire disk, or smaller if you want an extended
partition with logical drives (or one or more primaries for other OS's

Format your win98 partition FAT32.

Cheers, Bjorn  
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by:BillDL
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I suggest forced answer to CrazyOne.
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