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I have an IBM 80GB. Not sure what model, but anyway.

I boot off of a WinME Startup Disk, and am in the A:\ prompt.

I type "format c:".

I hit Y.

It starts to verify the space.

My problem is: Why is it saying "Verifying 12,992.63MB"? It's an 80GB hard drive!

Any help would be great.
 
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First does the bios recognize the full size of the drive?

If it does you need the run fdisk first.

OK here is what you need to do.

Boot to the boot disk.

Select boot with no CD Rom support.

At the A prompt type fdisk, When the prompt comes up about large disk support select yes.

Select option 1 Enter

select 1 again

Esc

Reboot

Now you need to Format.

Boot to the floppy without CD-Rom support.

At the A prompt type format c:

Select yes

When it's finished you can enter a volume label such as hard drive or you can leave it blank.

Now boot to the floppy one more time, This time select boot with CD-Rom support

At the A prompt select E:\ enter.

This is assuming you have one hard drive and one CD-Rom. The E could be an F or some other letter depending on the amount of IDE devices you have.

With the Win98 CD in the drive type setup, Enter this should start loading the Operating System.....

Have fun.....
 

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My guess is the BIOS doesn't recognize this as an 80 gig drive. A system that's running W98 probably isn't new enough (about 2 years max) to recognize drives larger than 32gig, I've had this problem on several systems. A BIOS upgrade is in order, or a new motherboard, if that's the case.
 

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SPEEDO said:
First does the bios recognize the full size of the drive?

If it does you need the run fdisk first.

OK here is what you need to do.

Boot to the boot disk.

Select boot with no CD Rom support.

At the A prompt type fdisk, When the prompt comes up about large disk support select yes.

Select option 1 Enter

select 1 again

Esc

Reboot

Now you need to Format.

Boot to the floppy without CD-Rom support.

At the A prompt type format c:

Select yes

When it's finished you can enter a volume label such as hard drive or you can leave it blank.

Now boot to the floppy one more time, This time select boot with CD-Rom support

At the A prompt select E:\ enter.

This is assuming you have one hard drive and one CD-Rom. The E could be an F or some other letter depending on the amount of IDE devices you have.

With the Win98 CD in the drive type setup, Enter this should start loading the Operating System.....

Have fun.....
This wont work. Johnwill is right. The 80 gig will never work without a disk overlay program. The fact that the fdisk program "see's" a 12 gig drive tells me he hasn't changed the bios to recognize the new 80 gig. But it dont matter as the fact still remains the drive is too big for this computer. He was running a 13 gig HD which means his limit is going to be less than 30 gigs.
 
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First of all no one knows how old his machine is! He may have a newer machine with an older hard drive in it. We really don't know.

He is not running Win. 98 he said he was booting off of a Win ME startup disk.

And if you didn't notice the first question I asked him was if his bios recognized the hard drive.

Why does everyone jump to conclusions without knowing all of the facts first.............................:no:
 

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Ethereal Raven said:
I have an IBM 80GB. Not sure what model, but anyway.

I boot off of a WinME Startup Disk, and am in the A:\ prompt.

I type "format c:".

I hit Y.

It starts to verify the space.

My problem is: Why is it saying "Verifying 12,992.63MB"? It's an 80GB hard drive!

Any help would be great.

"Why does everyone jump to conclusions without knowing all of the facts first............................."

No one is jumping to conclusion but you pal.

If you read his original post there are several clues as to his problem:

He has an 80 gig drive (he didnt have it before so its new to him)

Its only showing up as a 13 gig ( he had a 13 gig drive at one time)

And the primary master is set to user because the bios still thinks there is a 13 gig drive in the PC

People whom have computers that will support an 80 gig drive tend not to have a 13 gig in the machine, therefore its an older PC that most likely came with the 13 gig HD.

The fact that the 80 gig hd is not detected could be any one of several reasons (like failure to reset the bios or failure to set the master/slave jumpers right)

But the bottom line is the 80 gig hd AINT gonna work on the computer in question
 
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(he didnt have it before so its new to him)
I don't know that! He didn't say it was new to him so you are assuming here. He doesn't even know what model he has.

And I have seen people build new machines and use their old hard drive until they could afford a new one. This could be the case here.

We don't know if his bios recognized it or not because he hasn't posted back. We know it will read a drive larger than the 8.4 gig barrier, but the question is will it read a drive larger than a 32 gig.

But he needs to see if the bios will recognize it first then take it from there.

The point I was trying to get across is we need more information...:D
 

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Speedo, if you try re-reading my response, I didn't state the opinion as an absolute fact, try not to get your skivies in a knot. I stated it as a likely scenario, and I still feel that when the smoke settles, it may well be the cause.:rolleyes:
 
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OK I reread your post and he doesn't say anything about Win98 for one.

The only thing that we knew at the beginning of this thread was that he had an 80 gig drive a WinME startup disk and hopefully a computer.

The first question I asked was if the bios recognized the full size of the hard drive and if it did how to fdisk and format it.

Now everyone is just a posting away with all these solutions and we don't even have an answer to the first question now do we.

Lets wait til he gives us some answers then we can start throwing things at each other................................:winkgrin:

And when the smoke settles you just may be right, Then you can say I told you so. But right now we don't know a helluva lot......:no:
 

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Well, you're right, we don't know much yet. OTOH, we can speculate all over the place! :) You're right, I slipped W98 in there, and didn't even realize it! I actually have a sealed box with WinME on my shelf, never even opened it. After hearing all the "good" stuff about it, I just decided to ignore it totally! :D:D
 
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I use WinME on two of my machines and don't have any problems with it.

But I did notice one thing when I use the full version I don't have any problems with it. But when I use the upgrade it has issues, Why I have no clue.

And I have reloaded both on different machines that I have and it's always the same.

Peace Brother....................:winkgrin:
 

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You can do a fresh install with the upgrade, you just have to show it a CD from a qualified software version. :)
 
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That's how I load all of my OS's I don't really believe in the upgrade scenario...............I guess I need to be more specific when posting in the future now.................:tongue2:
 

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So Ethereal Raven,
Has anyones suggestions worked?

I'm not offering my own after the back and forth I just read here in this thread. :tongue2: Id rather go get a cavity drilled.

But this is a good example of why support guys need all the information in the first post .... that way they don't need fight over who's assumptions are best. :winkgrin:
 
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