i formated my hdd tofat32 n now its only 1.9g

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February 26, 2011 at 22:45:50
Specs: Windows me, 256mb
please help!!!
last nite i was trying to fix an old computer that was running windows me, so i installed a brand new 250 gb western digital hdd, then i installed windows me again and it seemed to work fine, except when i went to my computer the hdd was only 1.99 gb i tried to reformat it with an other computer to ntfs but the size doesnt change, how can i restore to exactly how it was????
really appreciate any help

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#1
February 26, 2011 at 23:02:00
Lots of older machines won't recognize a drive beyond a specific size---it must support 48-Bit LBA for a drive of that size. Also the type of FDISK on the OS may limit things as well (WinME won't inherently recognize anything beyond 128GB):

http://www.48bitlba.com/

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/prin...

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#2
February 26, 2011 at 23:28:46
thanks for trying to help, but im not trying to use the hdd for the windows me anymore, now i just want it to go back to normal, but the size doesnt change, only the format, it goes from fat32 to ntsc but the size remains the same, i am trying to format it using windows 7 ultimate, is there a program i can use??

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#3
February 26, 2011 at 23:46:37
GParted LiveCD: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/live...

..by the way 2GB limit is FAT16 !


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#4
February 27, 2011 at 00:14:48
Yeah, you must have originally partitioned it as FAT16 (didn't enable 'large disk support' with fdisk). You can convert a fat16 partition to fat32 but the size of the partition won't change. You need to delete that partition and then recreate it. You should be able to do that with the windows 7 disk or fdisk or the live disk or most other partition software.

You don't say if you're intending to install 7 on the former windows ME machine but it's probably not a good idea, especially since the bios, as already mentioned, is unlikely to be 48 bit LBA compatible.

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#5
February 27, 2011 at 00:19:17
well just so u guys know i was trying to install windows xp on the windows me computer, just trying to do a favor for someone but it didnt turn out too good, i will try the advice u guys gave me and i will let you guys know how it went tomorrow, thanks alot for the help

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#6
February 27, 2011 at 00:35:15
Well, if you do use that drive in the old computer, at least get an add-on PCI card for the drive. They have their own bios and all but the real old ones are 48-bit LBA compliant. Then use the XP or 7 disk to delete the partition.

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#7
February 27, 2011 at 07:57:42
You should list the complete specs of the system you're working with.

1. WinME doesn't support NTFS so if that's the OS you plan on installing, you must format as FAT32.

2. Microsoft's formatting tool only supports FAT32 partitions up to 32GB. If you want to format the entire 250GB as FAT32, you will need to use Western Digital's formatting tool. If the CD didn't come with the new HDD, go to the WDC website & download a copy.

3. 256MB RAM isn't enough memory to run WinXP decently & it sure as heck isn't enough for Vista or Win7. You need to select an OS that's capable of being run on your hardware. If you want to run XP, I suggest you add more RAM - at least 512MB but 1GB (or more) would be better.

4. if you have no plans to upgrade any hardware, you may want to consider trying one of the lighter weight Linux distros. Better to run a modern version of Linux than a 10+ yr old version of Windows that never was very good to begin with.


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#8
February 27, 2011 at 11:14:31
All you need to do is to delete all partitions and start over.

Boot to the Windows 7 DVD and choose custom installation. You will then be able to delete and recreate partitions and format too.


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#9
February 28, 2011 at 00:14:49
fat32 is working in hdd with smaller size. below 20G.

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#10
February 28, 2011 at 18:34:58
You can create a fat32 partition up to least 128 gig with the 98 updated fdisk or the ME fdisk. A partition larger than that is not a good idea with those OS's as some of their utilities are 16-bit and won't work accurately on larger ones.

XP will only allow you to create a fat32 partition up to 32 gig. However it will work with already created partitions larger than that.

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