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Properties Shows 3.72gb For An 80 Gb Wd800bb


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#1 Rafinad

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 02:54 PM

I got a HD from some old PC that has a label WD Caviar 80.0 GB
Yet properties menu option shows only 3.72 GB
I reformated it but it still did not find the rest of capacity.

Is this HD ready for garbage can or it is still possible to
restore full capacity?


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#2 hamluis

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:16 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

You reformatted using what?

There should be 3 numbers reflected when looking via Properties...what exactly are they?

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:00 PM

Hi,

Properties gives File system NTFS

Used space 22,724,608 bytes 21.6 MB
Free space 3,979,567,104 bytes 3.70 GB

Capacity 4,002,291,712 bytes 3.72 GB


The label on the drive says 80.0 GB



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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:34 PM

Thanks :thumbsup:.

http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/....asp?DriveID=10

From looking at what is reported...I'd say that the drive might have problems...but I would run chkdsk /r on it anyway, before I concluded anything.

Actually...now that I think about it, I would just delete everything on any drive that came from "parts unknown."

I would not be interested in finding out what might be on it...or why it was abandoned...until I was sure there was no malware on it. Which is why I delete and format.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:06 PM

That is exacly why I formated it. But why chkdsk does not report some bad sectors or something?
It treats the HD as if it is normal for it to have 3.2 GB capacity. How come the rest of 80 GB became
unaccessible? Like a lizzard dropped it's tail, but here only one toe escaped.

It would be a nice practical joke of placing a label on a small drive, but here device manager recognizes
the HD as WD800BB-22JHC0.


I do not need this drive, but curious about the underlying reason.


Thank you.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:17 PM

Just for grins, go to BIOS and check what it detects vs Windows, Heres the specs:

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/ph...created=#jumper

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:36 PM

Check it for the proper jumper settings
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#8 Rafinad

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:34 PM

My master drive also happens to be 80 GB WD800 but JB-00FMA0 , not BB-22JHC0 as the questionable one.




The 'crazy' drive shows as Primary IDE Slave

Type Auto
Max Capacity 76319 MB


The Master also shows 76319 MB.


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Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:16 PM

Are you sure this isn't some small partition, and the rest of it is labeled as something else?
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:25 PM

How would I know?

All I see in My Computer 2 local disks C: and E: .


If E has some hidden partition then where would I see it?

I did reformat on E, it is empty now, and I can copy files to it.

Please tell me what to look for and where.


Thanks.


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Posted 07 September 2008 - 08:28 PM

The drive may be partitioned in a format that is not accessible to Windows. As such, I would do a low level format of the drive using something like this.
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 05:40 AM

Go to "DISK MANAGEMENT" while in administrative tools and see if you have unpartitioned space.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 07:39 AM

Many sound suggestions here. I suspect when viewed in Disk Management, the remainder of the drive will be unpartitioned space, or an unrecognised partition.

The drive coming from an older computer, it may have had Windows NT installed on it. NT cannot create an NTFS system partition larger than 4GB at installation.

Edited by Platypus, 08 September 2008 - 07:39 AM.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:49 AM

As previously suggested...use Disk Management to see the entire hard drive.

Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc, hit Enter.

Post the results here.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:19 PM

I did the Low Level formatting as Budapest recommended.

It finished with msg "Now you have partition and format."

Now I do not see this disk on My Computer.
I still see it in Device manager.



What now?



Thanks.
R.

Edited by Rafinad, 08 September 2008 - 12:27 PM.





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