PC Hardware forum

General discussion

Reduced Hard Drive Size?

by GarciaOwens / October 25, 2003 6:00 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.

Thanks,
GarciaOwens

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.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Reduced Hard Drive Size?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Reduced Hard Drive Size?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
same here
by denni0302 / March 22, 2007 8:04 PM PDT

4 years late but i just got vista and it does this too, but it goes bak up like it goes 17.2gb 17.0gb 16.7gb down to like 11gb then jumps to 19gb

Collapse -
You do not say what operating system.
by lacsr / March 23, 2007 1:23 AM PDT
In reply to: same here

Have you looked in the BIOS to see what is detected as the hard drive?
Depending on that, how old is the computer? Some really old computers cannot handle large hard drives.

Collapse -
With the first screen in FDISK
by Ray Harinec / March 23, 2007 4:03 AM PDT

did you click YES to having large drive support? If you didn't then you are limited to FAT 16- 2 GB.

There was also an update to FDISK. Even if you downloaded that it DID NOT automatically insert the new version into the file that makes the Boot floppy. You must do that manually, either on the floppy as just for that floppy or in explorer to replace the old FDISK that is in the boot disk file.

For large drives the FDISK works just fine, however then the format reports the incorrect size, however if you proceed it actually formats the drive correctly.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

The Samsung RF23M8090SG

One of the best French door fridges we've tested

A good-looking fridge with useful features like an auto-filling water pitcher and a temperature-adjustable "FlexZone" drawer. It was a near-flawless performer in our cooling tests.