HDD wont format completely.

I have a 60GB maxtor hard drive. i did a fresh xp install onto it and xp would only make a partition of 32gb. BIOS reads as 60gb capacity, and windows reads the drive as 60 total but will only format up to 32gb. im cofused. any help is appreciated. thanks.
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  1. Do you use FAT32? I think that both Windows 2000 and XP limits the maximum FAT32 partition to 32GB. God knows why, since FAT32 supports much larger disks/partitions. Try using NTFS or divide the drive into 2 or more partitions.
  2. fat32 will support the full capacity of your hard drive.

    how many partitions do you have? do scandisk and see what happens. the firmware on the bios will say its a 60gb, but if there is something wrong with the hard drive platters this could happen.

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  3. i formatted it using NTFS, one partition of 32gb and then it wouldn't let me do anymore. I'll run a scandisk when i get home. what should i look for in scandisk?

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by clueless106 on 08/16/02 03:51 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
  4. so are you tellin me the partition is 32gb? if so, then all you have to do is delete the partition. once deleted make a new one and make sure u use the full 60gb as one partition. if you need help, i or anyone here could give you step by step on how to do this.

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  5. XP will only support a max partition size of 32GB in fat 32, I know coz I read it last night looking for something else.


    Whatever, whenever fvk me :tongue:


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  6. err... i'm on win xp with a 80gb, two 100gb and one 120gb

    the 80gb and one of the 100gb are both in fat32. the 100gb is full and the 80bg is about 65bg full.

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  7. As an O/S install partition?

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  8. huh?


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  9. Whatever, I was trying to say that a max of 32MB is all win Xp install will allow as the install partition as a fat32 file system! Yeah i can get plenty of fat 32 space and I will stay that way, NTFS is for commercial shite and security and mostly slower.

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  10. win xp partitioned the 80gb hard drive. it works. i mean as one partition, the whole 80gb is in one partition.

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  11. Funny, not that I really know as I have not tried it.

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  12. yeah i know what you mean. it also puzzles me as well... hmmm... i'm sure my winXP is not special.

    oh wait a minut... i have winXP pro, does that make a difference? i don't know jack about home ed!!

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  13. scotty33 says hello, anyway be fvked if I know, just seen some thing about a 32mb limit when going through m$ stuff lookin for something else. :smile:

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  14. Its a learning curve for me :wink:

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  15. hmm. time to do some research then.

    btw, good to know its you buddy.

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  16. yea if you wouldnt mind posting the steps on how to delete the partition and redo it, id appreciate it. Will I lose my stored stuff doing this?
  17. I use partiton Magic7. Not much else to say really :smile:
    All obvious once you use it!

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