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Incorrect HD size!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Supernoobs, Jun 19, 2006.

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  1. Supernoobs

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    Hey everbody!

    I ran into a bit of a problem yesterday. I reformatted my HD and installed Windows XP on it. Everything worked fine untill the next time I booted my system. It just gave me a black screen after the BIOS messages and didn't start Windows. I tried running the fixmbr utility in the windows recovery console, but after that everything got screwed up. Now it says my HD is only 2 gig, when it should be 20. I tried doing everything already, but even in the installation screen of Windows XP it says it's 2 gig large. This is not a partitioning problem; I tried fdisk and partition magic: They all say the whole disk is 2 gigs.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Thanks.
     
  2. bonk

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    Have you tried updating you Bios?
     
  3. Triple6

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    I'd reinstall Windows again. When doing so delete the existing partitions and create a new one - you should do that by using the Windows XP CD and not FDISK.
     
  4. Supernoobs

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    No, but everything worked fine before, so it shouldn't be a problem now either, right? But I'll check if there exists an update, just to make sure.
     
  5. Supernoobs

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    "I tried doing everything already, but even in the installation screen of Windows XP it says it's 2 gig large. This is not a partitioning problem; I tried fdisk and partition magic: They all say the whole disk is 2 gigs."
     
  6. Triple6

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    Enter the BIOS setup and redetect the hard drive or see what it reports for the size of the drive.
     
  7. ceri sheeran

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    Hi,

    What size does your BIOS report the hard drive.

    Check in Partition MAgic and with FDISK.

    What file system does the drive have.

    If it is FAT16 not FAT32 or NTFS then it is limited to just 2 GB.

    The most usual cause of this is not saying Yes to the question re large disk support when partitioning a hard drive using FDISK.

    If you have Partition Magic. Then create another partition to use the remaining 18GB, then merge the two partitions together.

    With Windows XP you can use

    Disk Management to create a new partition in th eunallocated space.

    hth

    Ceri
     
  8. Supernoobs

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    The BIOS reports the drive as 20 gig. So could the problem be that by using the fixmbr command it was formatted in FAT16 file format? I've used Partition Magic and it just listed the drive as 2 gig WITHOUT any unallocated space, but I haven't paid attention to the file format. So when I get back home, the first thing I'll do is check the file format and then I'll get back to you.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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