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by ansonicus / November 8, 2004 11:56 AM PST

I have a Dell Pent. II laptop that I have loaded Win 95 on. Although I have a 6 GB HDD, there is only 2 GB capacity showing. Do I have to install Win 98 to get use of the full 6 GB? Is there a special format to use?

Any suggestions/clues will be appreciated.

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Re: Full Format
by KenSanramon / November 8, 2004 12:51 PM PST
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Your Windows 95 is probably taking up most of your space and 2mb is what is available for data files.

How can you live on a 6mb hard drive ??

You can get a 200mb hard drive now on desktops for $100 or so in some cases.

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Re: Full Format
by ansonicus / November 9, 2004 12:32 PM PST
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Yes, 6 GB is not much space but I am using the laptop for mainly word processing and viewing text files. Since it is an older model I do not want to spend much money to upgrade the HDD size. Later....

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Windows 95 only did 2GB partitions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 9:43 PM PST
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The later 95 or b or such offered FAT32 support and larger than a 2GB partition. If you only had Windows 95 then you can create more 2GB partitions until you use up the space.

Nothing seems wrong with this picture.


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Re: Windows 95 only did 2GB partitions.
by ansonicus / November 9, 2004 12:30 PM PST

Ok, thank you for the insight. So, if I upgrade to WIN 98 I should be able to use the whole 6 GB. I am using this laptop for limited functions such as word processing. I might be able to pick up an economical copy of WIN 98 on Ebay.

I guess I will have to price it and see if it's worth it.

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Re: Windows 95 only did 2GB partitions.
by KenSanramon / November 9, 2004 4:02 PM PST

you could pick up an larger hard drive for the cost of the Windows 98 on ebay ...

A 60gb or 80gb notebook drive can be had for under $100 and a screaming fast 7200rpm Hitachi 60gb hard drive can be had for under $200.

Of course you have to make sure the hard drive you want to upgrade to is compatible with the notebook bios limitations, etc.

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