fdisk does not allow me to format large drives

  utibe 20:24 29 Jun 2003

I have a harddisk that is about 10GB but any time I want to create a partition with fdisk it tells me I have a drive of 504MB. I would like to enable LARGE DRIVE SUPPORT but I can see that message displayed again.

  Kryten 20:33 29 Jun 2003

You may have to go into the bios and set the hard drive for LBA.

Post back if you do not know how to do this.

  Ironman556 20:49 29 Jun 2003

Assuming you're running Win 98 or above, have you tried creating a new boot floppy?

You can doanload a floppy modified to use with XP and/or larger drives at click here

  Ironman556 20:50 29 Jun 2003

Are there any other partitions on the hard disk?

  Ironman556 21:23 29 Jun 2003

No other partitions.

In that case I think it's either BIOS or FDisk version that's causing the problem.

  keith-236785 21:53 29 Jun 2003

if you start up your computer with the win98 startup disk in floppy drive, you should get a menu

1.start computer with cdrom support

2.start computer without cdrom support


choose option2

let it finish booting, then look at the message produced, it should say something like "ram disk created 2048kb drive D:, take note what drive letter it is and then at the prompt type D:(or whatever letter the ram drive is)

the prompt should change to that drive letter
ie. D:>

type fdisk and press enter

this should now bring up a screen with a Yes/No selection for support for large drives

press Y (yes) and you should now be able to see all your drive (assuming that your bios is seeing the full drive size)

  woodchip 22:01 29 Jun 2003

are you win98 or 95

  woodchip 22:05 29 Jun 2003

Sorry about that it's a clean drive right,
it must be the bios that needs flashing

  Kryten 22:35 29 Jun 2003

click here
for setting up the bios to see the hard drive correctly.

  keith-236785 17:59 03 Jul 2003

You said via e-mail

""The problem is that when I run fdisk it does not display the message to enable live drive support save choosing yes or no.

I don't know if I disabled something or i need to enable something.""

mmmmmmm Lets see,

does the bios recognise the hard disk as ten gig,

if not then do you know how old the computer (motherboard) is.

it is possible that the motherboard does not support large drives

look on the boot up screens (press pause to hold the page, space to continue) and see what it says about the hard drive, if it says 504mb, or 520 as is normal then it will not support it.

all is not lost though, have a look and let us know what it says.

  Kryten 18:09 04 Jul 2003

Which fdisk version are you using? What is the make and model of the hard
drive you are using? What is the make and model of the motherboard you are
I ask these questions because I know that some older motherboards have
problems with Motherboard/Hard drive/ fdisk that came with Windows 98.
I and a friend of mine had problems with PCChips motherboards and Western
Digital Hard drives and Windows 98 fdisk program not being able to delete partitions to create
new ones and only showing the size of the primary partition.

To solve the problem we had to use DOS 6.22 version of fdisk to clear all
the partitions. Then rebooted with Windows 98 boot disk and then ran fdisk
and then were able to set it up. If you do not have a DOS boot disk for 6.22
or earlier got to click here to download and create one.

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