Fdisk Does Not Recognize Full Size of Hard Disks Larger than 64 GB

Article ID:263044
Last Review:January 27, 2007
Revision:3.1
This article was previously published under Q263044
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SYMPTOMS

When you use Fdisk.exe to partition a hard disk that is larger than 64 GB (64 gigabytes, or 68,719,476,736 bytes) in size, Fdisk does not report the correct size of the hard disk.

The size that Fdisk reports is the full size of the hard disk minus 64 GB. For example, if the physical drive is 70.3 GB (75,484,122,112 bytes) in size, Fdisk reports the drive as being 6.3 GB (6,764,579,840 bytes) in size.

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CAUSE

Fdisk uses some 16-bit values internally to calculate the size of the drive. Some of these variables overflow when the drive size is equal to or larger than 64 GB.

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RESOLUTION

A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem immediately, download the fix by clicking the download link later in this article or contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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NOTE: This hotfix is not designed for 48-bit logical block addressing (LBA) hard disks, and it is not supported on hard disks larger than 137 GB.

The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
  Date      Time     Size    File name  Operating System
  ---------------------------------------------------------------
  05/19/00  10:30am  64,428  Fdisk.exe  Windows 98
  05/18/00   8:35am  64,460  Fdisk.exe  Windows 98 Second Edition
				
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STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

This problem was corrected in Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition.

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MORE INFORMATION

This package installs the updated Fdisk.exe to the Windows\Command and Windows\Options\Cabs folders, on a computer running Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition. If you are starting a computer from a Windows 98 Startup Disk in order to partition and format the hard disk, you should copy the updated Fdisk.exe from the Windows\Command folder to the Startup Disk, replacing the original Windows 98 or Windows 98 Second Edition version of Fdisk.exe on the Startup Disk.

For additional information on issues with hard drives larger than 64GB, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
263045 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/263045/EN-US/) Format Displays Size of Drives Larger Than 64 GB Incorrectly
There is no fix available for any version of Windows 95. For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
246818 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/246818/EN-US/) Windows 95 Does Not Support Hard Disks Larger Than 32 GB
For additional information about Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition hotfixes, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
206071 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/206071/EN-US/) General Information About Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition Hotfixes

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APPLIES TO
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows 95

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Keywords: 
kbhotfixserver kbqfe kbgraphxlinkcritical kbprb kbqfe KB263044

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