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11-19-2000, 01:20 PM
I have an IBM Aptiva 2137 E46. It has a 4.0GB hard
drive. When I check the drive space it only saids it
is a 2.0GB. What could be the problem? It is only showing
about 300MB space left.

11-19-2000, 04:14 PM
It could be the "swap" file that windows creates. Look in your root directory and see how large the win386.swp file is. Per Tech tv, I will give credit where credit is due, but, go into control panel, System, to the performance tab. Go into the Virtual settings and do not let windows manage the virtual memory, but enter in the max setting of about 1/4 to 1/3 of your total RAM. Enter the same figure into the min setting also.
and reboot, and you will get some space back.
I think that there is something about Windows only being able to "see" 2GB at a time sometimes, so it could be that too. But someone else can tell you about that, cause I'm not positive on that one. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/redface.gif

11-19-2000, 05:24 PM
What O/S are you running? Does you have FAT16, or Fat 32? Do yo have LBA enabled in BIOS? If you have FAT 16, your system will not read over 2GIG hardrive space. You will need to convert to FAT 32, where the O/S can read the entire HD space. Let us have a few more details.

11-19-2000, 06:22 PM
You'll probably laugh, I'm no computer wiz. I don't know
what O/S or LBA is. I do know I have FAT16. As soon as I
find out I'll let you guys know. Thanks for trying to help
me out. Keep on sending me anything that can be helpful.

Paleo Pete
11-20-2000, 11:39 AM
OS is Operating System...Windows 3.x, 95 or 98, NT, etc.

LBA is Logical Block Addressing (http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/bios/modes.htm)

I think what's happening is the good old 2GB size limitation inherent in FAT 16. This Article (http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/part.htm) in the PC Guide explains it, and might help solve the problem.

If you had everything...Where would you put it?

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