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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by roupcat, Feb 3, 2005.

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  1. roupcat

    roupcat Thread Starter

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    I installed Win 98 SE on a Compaq 5240 with a 10GB WD drive and it shows up as a C drive at 1.9 GB and a save D drive at 1.9 GB . Maybe I didn't format or partition correctly ? Maybe the drive is bad ? The restore disk indicates an error message #108 "partition doesn't end at end of cyl."
     
  2. otoe1

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    Go to the harddrive manufacturer and download their diagnostics tool.

    It will allow you to set up partions as well as allow '98 to recognize the larger harddrive.
     
  3. Jack Horner

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    Did you partition it as FAT, or FAT 32? FAT has a 2gb limit
     
  4. roupcat

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    The drive is the orig. that came in the puter and the Compaq restore disc wouldn't work so I loaded Win98 SE after formating and partitioning the drive. Can you give me the proceedure I should have used ? How do I use FAT32 ? Thanks
     
  5. Jack Horner

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    When you partitioned the drive, if you used fdisk, you needed to set it to enable large disk support. This will allow you to format in either FAT or FAT32.
     
  6. roupcat

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    I used fdisk and entered yes to enable large disc. Don't remember seeing an option for FAT or FAT32. Is this automatic for Win98SE ? Is their a way to see if I have FAT32 ?
    Should I delete the partitions and start over ? Which options should I choose when I partition ?
     
  7. Jack Horner

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    Open my computer, right click on your drive, select properties, and under the general tab you should see you file system.
     
  8. roupcat

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    Thank You, they are both FAT32 C is 1.96 and save D is 1.85GB but the drive is a 10GB What is wrong ?
     
  9. Jack Horner

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    At this point, if you haven't installed anything, I would start over, you have nothing to lose, just be careful of what sizes you enter.
     
  10. roupcat

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    Please explain about the sizes. What and how do I select and enter ?
     
  11. Jack Horner

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    First did you want 2 partitions? If so when you run Fdisk, create the primary partition, and enter the size you want it to be, then create an extended partition, and make it the same size as Fdisk reports is left. After rebooting, format both partitions, then install windows.
     
  12. roupcat

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    What is the advantage of two partition ? I deleted all partitions then created a primary
    but must have missed the option of entering the size. I now have a C drive with 7.4GB
    of the10GB listed on the drive. Any comments ? Thanks for your help
    Dan
     
  13. crjdriver

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    It sounds like what you did was delete the primary dos partition, leaving the extended partition. If you add the two together, you will end up with approx 10 gig. You need to delete each partition separately; ie delete primary dos partition and then delete extended partition. When you are finished deleting the partitions, it should show the full size of the disk as unallocated or raw. Now create one primary dos partition using the full size of the disk.

    Format and install win9x.
     
  14. roupcat

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    I tried to delete both primary and extended DOS partitions. Is their a way to check this without having to reload Win 98SE ?
     
  15. crjdriver

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    Just boot with a win9x boot disk and run fdisk from the A> Fdisk will show all dos partitions on the drive.
     
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