Reformatting hard drive for increase GIG


I built my own computer. My operating system (win 98) isn't recognizing all of my hard drive. I put a 30 gig in, and it is reading it as a 2 gig. Obviously, a major problem. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what I should do. Thank you.


This question was answered on September 19, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hi Brad,

It sound's like you have a 2 GIG Partion on your Hard Drive What you will have to do is reformat the drive.

1.From the DOS PROMPT Run FDISK (BOOT off your BOOT FLOPPY,at the A: TYPE fdisk)

2.When prompted for a large Disk click FAT32 YES

3.FDISK will have a menu with 4 items in it.

4.Delete partitions in this order


.Logical Drives

.Exteded DOS

.Primary DOS

5.Create DOS Partion in this order

.Create Primary DOS

.Create Extended DOS

.Create Logical Drives set at 100% o the Drive

6 Esc out of FDISK to get back to the A:prompt


8 At the A: type format c:/s

9 When format is complete,remove the floppy and

reboot to the c:

10 Now you are ready to reinstall Windows 98

Good Luck


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Posted by Scott of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on September 19, 2001