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{SOLVED} windows doesn't show the right size hard drive

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  1. mama

    mama Thread Starter

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    My 4g hard drive died, I purchased a 7.9g and installed it. the cmos shows it correctly but windows only shows 3+g.
    I have a Quantex,purchased in 1997. 200mhz, 64mb ram. I have downloaded a bios upgrade on a floppy but would prefer not to upgrade the Bios unless that is the only way to see the whole drive. thanks for your help
     
  2. LarryCore

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    Well, if it is ok in CMOS you probably don't need to update the BIOS.

    If you go to a DOS prompt and run FDISK and choose 4 (display partition) what does it show?

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  3. mama

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    fdisk shows c: 3815mb, system fat32, usage 53%, total disk space is 7154mb
     
  4. LarryCore

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    Well, that explains it then. When you installed it you only made a 4 gig partition, so that is all that windows can see.

    At this point you have 3 choices.

    1) Make a second partition with FDISK for the rest of the drive - will become drive D

    2) Wipe it out and start over, making one 8 gig partition

    3) Get a utility like Partition Magic which will let you expand the existing C partition to use the entire drive.

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  5. mama

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    I wiped it out and started all over, it found the whole drive size. thanks for your help
     
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