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80g Hard Drive Shows As A 32g


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#1 2waytec

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:17 PM

I was trying to wipe a hard drive clean, reformat( for NTFS),when I noticed the computer showed capacity to be 32G. It is a Samsung SP8004H 80G hard drive. There are settings for capacity adjustments ( for 32G), I have confirmed the jumpers are correct for the 80G capacity, but it still shows 32G. I checked the partition, it shows a 32G capacity also. Anyone have any Ideas?

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:09 PM

What is the BIOS date of your computer or the one that you are trying to format the drive on? Earlier bioses have a 32G limitation, this may be what is affecting you.

Also, some drives have a limiting jumper, that will restrict the drive to 32G if it is on.
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 09:51 PM

The BIOS will handle drives larger than 32G, the jumpers settings are set for larger than 32G. Is there a way to erase the MBR to make the unit like start fresh? This drive was in use before, reading 80G capacity on the same computer. I was trying to reformat the drive to do a fresh reinstall of windows.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 12:22 AM

Do you have windows running on a machine you can hook this drive up as a slave?


if so hook it up as slave and go here

start run type compmgmt.msc /s return

and see what the disk management says if the drive is a slave, ou should be able to see the whole drive and repartition it, and reformat it to NTFS.

If not get the drive manfacturers diagnostics program and see if there is a problem.
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:37 PM

I tried hooking it up to another machine (with windows installed), as a slave. It showed up as a 32G drive. I did download the diagnostic from the manufacturer it shows it as a 32G configuration. I triple checked the jumpers, they are configured for 80G. I'm guessing that there must be a problem with the drive.




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