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01-04-2001, 02:05 PM
I was mucking around trying to get an old 486 going and inadvertantly booted with 2 HDD set as master on one IDE channel. Now my old faithful Seagate 420Mb HDD is only seen as 22Mb by windows and DOS. I have tried fdisk in DOS and the 'format' command in Windows but it's still seen as 22Mb.
What can I do to get my drive back to 420MB? Any and all help much appreciated.



01-04-2001, 03:22 PM
In fdisk, start from scratch by deleting all partitions. Then set it so that the primary DOS partition takes up the full amount of disk space.
Hope that helps.

01-04-2001, 03:36 PM
PS, don't forget to format after fdisk or you won't be able to install anything on it. You may have to use a DOS startup disk to get the 'Format' command. I.E, reboot with the DOS startup disk in the drive, cancel the installation attempt. This will bing you to the A:\ prompt. Enter <format c:\> (without the < >) at the DOS prompt. Voila, you're ready to install whatever. (Win98 not reccommended on a 486)