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Missing hard drive space

I was given an old computer i put an 80 gig hd in it so i reformatted the hard drive and installed os, wiht no full version of wom 98 or win 95 i had ti upgrade . first i installed dos 5.1 then win 3.1 then win 98 upgrade win i started to install win xp upgrade error not enough hd space. so i check hd prop it only showed 2 gigs

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Re: missing hard drive space

Simple problem you made the partions using FAT 16 file system and 80 GB cannot be partition using win98 10 will limit the disk to 10 GB.
Remove all Partions And Use Windows XP to create partition during Installion.

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