Why am I only able to see two gig partition or drive?

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Computer hard driveWith Windows 95 and versions of Windows and MS-DOS released before it use a FAT16 partition table that only allowed up to a two gigabyte partition. While larger hard drives can be used the drive would need to be split into multiple partitions without any third-party software.

Windows 95 OSR2

The second release of Windows 95 (OSR2) and later versions of Windows support a new FAT referred to as FAT32. This fat table supported drives upward of 32 Gig. To see more than two Gigs you need to either have Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98 or a later version of Windows.

FAT32 and Windows 98

If you have an operating system that supports FAT32, to enable FAT32 support, you must delete and recreate the partitions using fdisk and enable large disk support. If you have Windows 98, you can convert the hard drive to FAT32 support by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start, Programs, Accessories
  2. Click System Tools and then click on Drive Converter (FAT32).

It is important to know that if you convert the hard drive to FAT32, it only converts the 2gig partition and does not enable the computer to see over 2GIG. To see the complete hard drive, you must run fdisk and delete and recreate all partitions.

Using partition utility

Alternatively, if you do not have an operating system that supports FAT32, or you do not want to erase your information from your hard drive there are software options. For instance, you can also download the utility Partition Magic and use it to manage the hard drive and enable FAT32 support.