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missing hd space?

by teknewbie / January 22, 2005 3:17 PM PST

hello, I just recently purchased a new samsung 80 gig hard drive and did a clean win 2000 install on it, however once I was done and checked in my computer and looked at the c: drive it says it only has a capactiy of 7.82 gigs, also when I did the install I chose to use ntfs but it says im using fat file system, is this a reason for the missing size? the computer is an hp x86 with 32 kb ram.

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Fat 16
by skippyd333 / January 22, 2005 3:47 PM PST
In reply to: missing hd space?

your using the old fat 16 format. You must choose to use the large file system. which will be fat32 or ntfs. Also, 2000 requires at least 128 megs of ram.

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wrong file system
by skippyd333 / January 22, 2005 3:51 PM PST
In reply to: missing hd space?

your using the fat 16 file system. you must choose to use large file system in the beginning. Which would be fat32 or ntfs. You also need at least 128 megs of ram for 2000.

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by teknewbie / January 22, 2005 3:55 PM PST
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is there a way to change this now or do I have to do a complete reinstall? btw I didi choose to use ntfs so I have no clue to what happened

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only way I know
by skippyd333 / January 22, 2005 4:09 PM PST
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is to start over. did you use a disk to format your drive besides 2000? you should of recieved another disk with your new drive. You can also use a old 98 or ME startup disk and boot to dos and type fdisk. choose large disk format, delete partition then make new. you would need to go into your bios first and change to floppy boot first.

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still stuck
by teknewbie / January 29, 2005 2:18 AM PST
In reply to: only way I know

after I make new partition what do I do, I trie to format from dos but couldnt so I used win 98 cd because I do not have enough memory to run win 2000 and the hard drive still only came up showing 7.82 gig's. btw the option i was to choose when it was time to make new partition was make primary dos partition correct?

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can't be fat16
by ParnaoidGuy / January 27, 2005 1:57 AM PST
In reply to: wrong file system

File system issue:

Fat16 has a hard limit of 2gb in 9x and 4 Gb in NT based oses.

It is not fat 16.

Probably fat32.
from a run line type "convert c:"(or d: or whatever)" /fs:ntfs" to convert to ntfs.


Is it 7.82 or 78.2 ?

Computers think in a base 2 system, so where we think 1000 MBs to a GB they think 1024. So reporting is usally off because that.

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can someone help
by teknewbie / January 29, 2005 3:50 PM PST
In reply to: can't be fat16

ok I have figured out the formatting and partitioning issues...(thx for the help) but no matter what I do and I chose large disk support and everything as instructed but it still is only showing as it's an 8 gig hard ddrive instead of 80, im at wits end and dont know what to do to get it to use all of my disk space

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No help I fear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2005 11:26 PM PST
In reply to: can someone help

From what I can tell you have a many year old machine with a BIOS that may not understand large drives. You'll want to try some 32GB drive, then under 64GB drive to see where its limit is.


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