I have just recently been given an old PC to overhaul.The previous owner had deleted a large number of files and as a result,the machine would not load windows,except in safe mode(Which showed drive C as 8 Gig).I tried to reload windows 98 with no success so I formatted the hard drive and reloded windows.Success! or so I thought until I noticed that the 8.6Gig hard drive was now 500Mb. I have checked the bios which shows the correct size 8.6 Gig. Any Clues?
How did you reformat it?? Did you use Fdisk?? If you use the "Format C:" (C being where Windows is installed) commmand in a DOS prompt, it just reformats the disk in the current file format. However now that you apparently have a 500mb hard disk, you need to take up the fdisk suggestion above.