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Hi there,


I have just reformatted several partitions on a 200GB Drive. The Partitions
were formatted with FAT32, and I am running WIN2K on my computer.
For some reason, the drive now only shows up as 131GB rather than 200GB - is
there a tool that can show me what happened to the rest of the space? And
how can I "reclaim" the lost space?
Partition Magic does not see the "lost space" either.

Have a nice weekend,

Tilman
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system,microsoft.public.win2000.general,microsoft.public.win95.filediskmanage,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check (More info?)

    Hi, Tilman.

    First, does your computer BIOS support "big drives", those over about 137
    GB, which require 48-bit addressing? Google for "big drives" for details
    about this limitation.

    If it does, then see responses to your other post about formatting FAT32 on
    volumes larger than 32 GB for use in Win2K or WinXP.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@corridor.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP

    "Tilman J Schultz" <tilman_schultz@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:e5%23m1BbOEHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >
    > Hi there,
    >
    >
    > I have just reformatted several partitions on a 200GB Drive. The
    > Partitions
    > were formatted with FAT32, and I am running WIN2K on my computer.
    > For some reason, the drive now only shows up as 131GB rather than 200GB -
    > is
    > there a tool that can show me what happened to the rest of the space? And
    > how can I "reclaim" the lost space?
    > Partition Magic does not see the "lost space" either.
    >
    > Have a nice weekend,
    >
    > Tilman
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system,microsoft.public.win2000.general,microsoft.public.win95.filediskmanage,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check (More info?)

    Hi there,

    and thanks for the hint, R.C.
    I am runing Win2K and have all my personal disks formatted in NTFS for
    obvious reasons.
    My BIOS supports large files, I am running a both 250 GB and 80GB Hard Disks
    without problems.
    I am formatting this hard additional 200GB hard disk for a friend who is
    running Win98 and OS/2 and does not want to upgrade to Win2K or XP.
    Therefore it needs to be formatted in FAT32.

    Formatting is also no problem, I created a string of 32GB partitions in
    FAT32 FS. Right now, there are five partitions with FAT32 on the disk,
    (4x32GB and 1x3GB) = 131GB.

    My problem is somewhat more bizzarre. For some reason, neither the Disk
    Management Utility nor Partition Magic seem to be able to recognise all of
    the hard drive (Both utilities only show 130GB out of 200GB). The "Lost
    Space" does not show up as unformatted or available space using either of
    the tools. The disk is just shown as a 130GB disk, with 70BG seemingly lost!

    This has me confused, because my system SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE AND READ ALL
    THE sectors on that disk.

    Is there a way that I can force a format for the entire disk. Or are there
    any other tools to "reclaim" the disk space that I cannot see?

    Thanks, and have weekend,

    Tilman

    P.S. Will follow up your leads in Google Groups and the leads from the
    earlier string now.


    "R. C. White" <RCWhite@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:Oz$wSbbOEHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Hi, Tilman.
    >
    > First, does your computer BIOS support "big drives", those over about 137
    > GB, which require 48-bit addressing? Google for "big drives" for details
    > about this limitation.
    >
    > If it does, then see responses to your other post about formatting FAT32
    on
    > volumes larger than 32 GB for use in Win2K or WinXP.
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@corridor.net
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    >
    > "Tilman J Schultz" <tilman_schultz@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:e5%23m1BbOEHA.3596@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > >
    > > Hi there,
    > >
    > >
    > > I have just reformatted several partitions on a 200GB Drive. The
    > > Partitions
    > > were formatted with FAT32, and I am running WIN2K on my computer.
    > > For some reason, the drive now only shows up as 131GB rather than
    200GB -
    > > is
    > > there a tool that can show me what happened to the rest of the space?
    And
    > > how can I "reclaim" the lost space?
    > > Partition Magic does not see the "lost space" either.
    > >
    > > Have a nice weekend,
    > >
    > > Tilman
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system,microsoft.public.win2000.general,microsoft.public.win95.filediskmanage,microsoft.public.win98.sys_file_check (More info?)

    On Fri, 14 May 2004 16:34:14 +0200, "Tilman J Schultz"
    <tilman_schultz@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >Hi there,
    >
    >and thanks for the hint, R.C.
    >I am runing Win2K and have all my personal disks formatted in NTFS for
    >obvious reasons.
    >My BIOS supports large files, I am running a both 250 GB and 80GB Hard Disks
    >without problems.
    >I am formatting this hard additional 200GB hard disk for a friend who is
    >running Win98 and OS/2 and does not want to upgrade to Win2K or XP.
    >Therefore it needs to be formatted in FAT32.
    >
    >Formatting is also no problem, I created a string of 32GB partitions in
    >FAT32 FS. Right now, there are five partitions with FAT32 on the disk,
    >(4x32GB and 1x3GB) = 131GB.
    >
    >My problem is somewhat more bizzarre. For some reason, neither the Disk
    >Management Utility nor Partition Magic seem to be able to recognise all of
    >the hard drive (Both utilities only show 130GB out of 200GB). The "Lost
    >Space" does not show up as unformatted or available space using either of
    >the tools. The disk is just shown as a 130GB disk, with 70BG seemingly lost!
    >
    >This has me confused, because my system SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE AND READ ALL
    >THE sectors on that disk.
    >
    >Is there a way that I can force a format for the entire disk. Or are there
    >any other tools to "reclaim" the disk space that I cannot see?
    >
    There may be two reasons. The first is that disk manufacturers call
    1000 = 1k, 1000000 = 1M and 100000000000 = 1G. Operating systems
    however call 1024 = 1k, 1024x1024 = 1M. and 1024x1024x1024 = 1G.

    So 200 (disk) GB = about 186 (OS) GB. Another reason for the "loss" of
    space is in the formatting. Space is allocated for directories, and
    the larger the disk the more space you lose to this. However, 130GB
    seems a bit low.

    Cheers,

    Cliff
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

    Hey man,
    This prob had disturbed me for whole 2 weeks and finally i was able to
    fix it.
    Everything is in the hand of Registry. Just a 3 step REgistry edition
    and u *Magically* get back ur lost hdd space. The moment u edit ur
    registry and restart ur machine and go to computer management it shows
    u Unallocated space found. Well rhe reg-edition is as followzs:
    For win2k server and prof's
    RUN=>regedit=>
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\CurrentControlSet\Services\Atapi\
    Parameters:
    On the right hand side pane:Add this Keyvalue

    Right click and select DWORD Value
    Name the key as: EnableBigLba
    Modify this key with value: 0X1

    Restart ur machine and go to comp mgmt and u find unallocated missing
    disk space

    It works miracle
    Good Luck Buddy


    Tilman J Schultz wrote:
    > *Hi there,
    >
    >
    > I have just reformatted several partitions on a 200GB Drive. The
    > Partitions
    > were formatted with FAT32, and I am running WIN2K on my computer.
    > For some reason, the drive now only shows up as 131GB rather than
    > 200GB - is
    > there a tool that can show me what happened to the rest of the space?
    > And
    > how can I "reclaim" the lost space?
    > Partition Magic does not see the "lost space" either.
    >
    > Have a nice weekend,
    >
    > Tilman *


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