Hi, i have a Maxtor HD (6E030L0), and i recently install on it windows 98 (before i had windows XP), and when i was creating a partition for windows 98 and one for my data, all this using a win98 bootdisk and fdisk, it appeared on screen that my HD full capacity was of only 8GB, but i know that my hardrive has a capacity of 30GB. I was doing some research and i found that te problem could be that the bios version of my mainboard was to old, but it has the latest version (my mainboard is a MSI model: MS-6738). Besides, when i had winXP it show a 27GB harddrive, so maybe the bios is not the problem but that you should know it.
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Boot up with the Windows XP installation CD (you will need the Product Installation code) then proceed to install Windows XP follow the instruction to delete the existing partition - create a new partition - then Format the partition (not a quick Format) - this will wipe the hard disk and install a clean Windows XP system.
First you have to create partition.You need at least two partition. One in which you intall Xp and other for win 7. WARNIG BACK UP YOUR DATA BEFORE THIS.*(You can create partion by any hard drive manager you can make a hard drive partition in control panel>administrative tool>create & manage hard drive partition) Now install xp first in one partition. If you have pre installed then avoid this step. Now install Win 7 in another partition. After you restart the machine will ask to chose your os. & just select the required OS.
If any problem appears then just put win XP disk & repair it.
You cant install win Xp after windows 7. You have to format win 7 before installing Xp. Commiting any of trick or Tweak you need to backup your data in another HD partition WARNIG BACK UP YOUR DATA
Welcome to the wonderful world of windows disk size limitations.
What you are running into is the Windows 137GB Capacity Barrier AKA the 48-bit Logical Block Addressing Support for ATA (IDE), Serial ATA or ATAPI disc drives.
In English this means windows will only “acknowledge” between 127 and 137 Gig of a disk drive without some updates.
In most cases after he latest Service Packs are installed, any additional gigabytes will show up as unallocated space on the drive and you can create a second partition with the Windows disk management tools.Unfortunately this will mean that you have 2 partitions on the drive (if you placed your os on the drive or partitioned it before the updates were installed.).
If this is a secondary drive (in other words your OS is on a different disk drive), install all of the system updates first, you should then be able to format the entire drive as one partition.
this is tricky as win98 is not supported and can not work on faster processors, The book says 2 gig but I had a problem on 1.8 ghz.
the next problem is win98 does not rceognize ntfs file systems. so a bootable partion manager (like linux GParted) would have to be run, to shrink the ntfs partition without altering content to allow another partition to be created then formatted into FAT32 so you could load 98 from a bootable cd.