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I have a western digital 20gb drive... i have it set to be slave... when i boot into windows there are three drives... the C: drive..d: drive and e: drive between the two d: and e: drives it comes to almost 20 gb... d: is 4gb and e: is 15... i didn't make a compressed drive or anything... so i am confused... any help is greatly appreciated...
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by:SysExpert
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Your drive may be partitioned into 3 logical drives using one physical drive.

What operating system are you using ?

I wuld use Fdisk or the Windows Disk manager to see how things are set up.

I hope this helps !
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by:Callandor
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Did you choose to use all the space on the drive when you partitioned it (or used Disk Management)?  What is on the D drive?
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Oops, actually, your 20 GB second drive may be partitioned into 2 logical drives.

I hope this helps !
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by:RespectMinds
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i am using windows 98se.... ihave two drives in the machine so c: is ok... the d: and e: are on trhe western digital...
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Luc Franken earned 425 total points
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Hi RespectMinds,

that drive you added is partitioned in two parts. If you don't want it to be like that I'd like to know what operating system you're using.

If it's win2k/winXP:
Right-click "my computer" => "manage" => "Storage" => "Disk manager"
Delete the partitions on the drive and create one big new one. Afterwards, format it.

Greetings,

LucF
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by:RespectMinds
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i never partioned it... at least i don't remember doing it... i am not an expert yet just always trying to learn... where is disk management.... sorry, i'm trying  : )
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by:RespectMinds
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system info goes like this...

Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
Clean install using Select CD /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=R:\WINSETUP /IZ /IS /IQ /IT /II /NR /II /C  /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IE 5 6.0.2800.1106
Uptime: 0:00:26:09
Normal mode
On "RESPECTED 2" as "Respected"

GenuineIntel Pentium(r) Processor
256MB RAM
87% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (143MB free)
Available space on drive C: 143MB of 695MB (FAT)
Available space on drive D: 3992MB of 3992MB (FAT32)
Available space on drive E: 15057MB of 15057MB (FAT32)
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by:Luc Franken
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RespectMinds,
Ok, you're using win98.

There are some different partitions on your drive.
If you don't care about the data on the disks (D: and E: are still empty)
Use FDISK to delete the partitions and re-create one.

Start => Run => type "Command" (without the quotes) and press enter.
type:

Fdisk

follow the instructions to remove partitions and re-create them.
Afterwards, reboot the computer and format the drive using:

Format D:

Good luck,

LucF
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i'm close...but, which option to choose...delete primary or extended....extended probably... just don't want to jack it up too bad...
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by:RespectMinds
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there were two partitions... i deleted the extended portion... i'm about to reboot the machine and see what happens... fingers crossed...
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by:Luc Franken
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You will have to use them both, first the extended, then the primary. Afterwards, just create one new primary partition.
After a reboot, you will have to format it.

LucF
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by:RespectMinds
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it wouldn't let me delete the primary partition.. it said it could not be locked... i rebooted and it doesn't show the actual size of the hard drive... i would only let me re-format the 4 gb... ergharghhh!!!
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by:RespectMinds
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i think i got it... i was trying to do the fdisk thang from windows... i deleted the primary andcreated the new one large partition... but i am still a little confused... it is supposed to be 20 gb... it said 8056mb or something like that.. what is that?
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by:Luc Franken
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>>it said 8056mb or something like that.. what is that?
I think you didn't recreate one big partition, you might want to do it again.

Expert PeteLong has a nice tutorial on his website:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.long007/FDISK/fdiskmain.htm

LucF
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