80 Gig HD only shows as 30 Gig

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Phogoff, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. Phogoff

    Phogoff Guest

    Alright - my brother gave me an 80 gig HD that was formatting in his system when it lost all power...

    I have managed to get it to work, but it will only format as a 30 Gig drive. How can I get the drive to recognize it's entire capacity??? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I have tried using the low level format utility (It's an IBM deskstar), and Partition Magic... both shows the hard drive as being 30 gig's... I could really use an 80 gig drive :)
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    When you use partiton magic, especially the two boot floppies you can see the entire hard drive. If it is 80gig with only 30 usable, partition magic will still see the other 50gig. It should be grayed out until formated but you should be able to see it.
  3. lechtard

    lechtard Guest

    go into fdisk and view the partitions - and you will see .. delete the one that is thirty and create a new with full capacity ..

    that is if the partition is showing at 30 gig. ..
  4. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest

    .... or your bios has a capacity limitation which can only be overcome if you install a dynamic drive overlay (DDO) see what goes first with Fdisk if that dont work thats what you need:)
  5. jroc

    jroc Guest

    What is your OS and FAT System
  6. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

    The drive is in FAT32, it's partitions can go only as large as 30 GB

    Reformat the drive in NTFS format and you'll be fine with your 80 gigabytes right there in front of you :p
  7. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

    If nothing else works... Zero Fill! :p
  8. Phogoff

    Phogoff Guest

    Yo Yo Yo

    The drive has always been formatted NTFS... I never use fat32... but anyways, I am embarrased to say that the jumpers were set wrong... I had them set as a master with a 32 gig clip. Changed the jumper's to a normal master and all is good. Whoops!
  9. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    *doh!* :)

    Nick: FAT32 can go over 32Gig. It's just that Windows will tell you not to make FAT32 partitions bigger than 32Gig.
  10. back when I had windows me it saw my 40 gig fine.
  11. Grymblayd

    Grymblayd Guest

    If all else fails try a low level format.
  12. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Yes, but WinME only had FAT32. It's just Win2k and XP that has NTFS that limits the size of FAT32 drives.