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Reduced Hard Drive Size?

by GarciaOwens / October 25, 2003 5:58 AM PDT

I installed Windows 98 once, and it didn't work. Anyway, I was able to start up in Safe Mode, and I had something like 5.8 GB of space on that computer's hard drive.

I decided to re-install. I made a boot disk, and typed FDISK to re-partion my hard drive. I deleted by old partitions, and made a new one. When it asked if I wanted to use the maximum space for my partion, I hit yes. It said 508 MB. I figured something was wrong, so I restarted, and did the process of FDISK over. This time, instead of clicking yes to the maximum, I just set the value of space to be used on the partion I wanted (in percent) to 99%. It came out as like 500 MB.

What happened!? It's like my hard drive was randomly reduced to 1/10 the size! Any ideas? My first thought was that the hard drive was shot, but I later proceeded to install Windows 98 on it, so I fail to see how only 90% of it was ruined...

Any suggestions as to where to go would be helpful.


By the way, I'm 100% sure that my hard drive -was- very near 6 GB, so it's not just be seeing things or something.

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by barspinboy / April 24, 2008 2:05 PM PDT

i also notice that when bought my first hard drive it ranges around 160 gig. but after a couple of months i was infected with a unknown virus so i decided to reformat my pc but after i reformat it, install os and drivers i checked my my computer properties and ive noticed that my hard drive lost some of its volume. it was not some for me but it was a more gig capacity which was i lost and then i asked someone who knows more about computer than me and he said every time i reformat a pc it automatically lose some space. please note that this is just my opinion and others might not agree w/ me so i suggest you to ask for second and third opinions. thanks hope this will provide you much ideas.

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maybe it's lying to you
by James Denison / April 24, 2008 11:30 PM PDT

I think FDISK reports it as 500 megs even when it's bigger. Why don't you download a disk utility from your drive's manufacturer and use that instead? They work much better than old FDISK and FORMAT, much quicker and are more updated, give more accurate info.

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It's been 4 years.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2008 12:23 AM PDT

Let's hope they figured it out.

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