How come Im getting “out of disk space” message after loading in 800 MB of data on my 1 GB drive?
In DOS, every file that is stored gets at least one allocation unit (called a “cluster”) no matter what the size of the file is. The size of the cluster grows incrementally with the size of the partition. If you have a 1.08 gig partition, the cluster size will be 32k. This means that even a 62 byte batch file is going to consume 32k of storage space. One way to reduce the cluster size is to reduce the partition size by putting multiple partitions on your large hard drives. Another way is to upgrade to Windows 95 OSR2 or Windows 98 and repartition with FAT 32. Q: I can’t create a partition larger than 2 gigabytes under DOS. A: This is a limitation of the operating system. The FAT file system used by DOS can only address a certain number of blocks. The current limitation is a maximum partition size of 2 gigabytes per logical drive. Q: I get a `NO ROM BASIC’ message from my system when I attempt to boot from my hard disk. A: Reboot your system from your DOS diskette, run the FDISK program