HDD Restricted Partition Sizes

  vinegarjoe 12:57 04 Apr 2003

My local PC repair shop is telling me that if I want a whole volume on a new HDD partitioned into say C and D then I am limited to a 2GB max vlaue for C. I don't believe him, but when I try FDISK myself I am limited. I have tried Patition Magic with the same limitation.

I want to select around 6GB of a 60 GB HDD exclusively for windows and Office so if I have to reformat in the future I won't have to reload all my other applications and/or data.

Besides my experience is windows likes to use free space within the insatalled Partition.

Can anyone outline how I can achieve this simple (to me anyway)request.


  Hunte® 13:05 04 Apr 2003

The 2Gb limit is a limit of FAT16. This was replaced by FAT32 in Win95OSR2.

When you run fdisk, does it ask you if you want to enable large disc support. If it does choose yes and you can set the partition sizes to what you want.

If you reformat in future you are still likely to need to reload though as most applications load settings into the registry (and shortcuts into the start menu/desktop) and this will be replaced by the reload.

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