Fdisk not recognizing full capacity

March 29, 2009 at 16:37:13
Specs: xp, na
I have replaced a defective 250 GB HD on my laptop with a new 250 GB HD. I am now in the process of preparing the new hard drive to be able to install windows xp. I am using a boot disk to boot up and to run fdisk and format the new drive. However when I run fdisk it only will partition the primary drive up to 4.1 GB. I checked and the BIOS IS recognizing the full 250 GB. Could this be a problem with the FDISK itself? Any suggestions on how to fix this?

***Note: I didn't have a boot disk so I am using the "Custom XP Fresh Install Bootable CD" that I downloaded from http://www.bootdisk.com/popfiles.htm.

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March 29, 2009 at 19:13:10
It's indeed an FDISK problem.
The Windows XP installation CD is bootable by itself.
At a point of installation, you will be asked for the harddisk (if more than one is available) and the partition, to install to.
Here you can also change the partition size, if needed, and create a second partition, if you like.
If you use FDISK, you can create only FAT32 partitions. I don't know, if that is, what you want.

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!

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March 30, 2009 at 06:45:58
Right. You don't need Fdisk. Just Partition and format when you do the install of the OS.


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March 30, 2009 at 06:52:21
How to Use the Fdisk Tool and the Format Tool to Partition or Repartition a Hard Disk
Simplified version of the above Fdisk article:
How to Format:
Use a 95 or 98 start up disk
Boot to A: Fdisk
Delete Partition or logical drive
Delete primary DOS partition if fat16 or fat32
Delete Non DOS if NTFS
Create DOS partition
Create primary DOS partition
Do you wish to use max size?_______Y
Reboot to A: format C:
You have FAT32
If you want NTFS you can convert later.

How to Use Convert.exe to Convert a Partition to the NTFS File System

Overview of FAT, HPFS, and NTFS File Systems

How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP

How to install or upgrade to Windows XP

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