why is a 160gb hdd only showing 35gb?

February 9, 2011 at 17:46:58
Specs: Windows 7
Hey everyone....

where to begin...

Seagate 160gb sata hdd

ok so i booted up a computer and got a disk error, so i pulled the drive, put it in a usb hdd enclosure.....recovered the data, then reformatted the drive.

Now when i look at the hard drive it only shows 36gb...this is actually a 160bg hdd

i checked disk management....shows only 1 healthy partition at 35.**gb

I searched around and i found that it could be a corrupt partition table, i have ultimate boot cd up and running, but not sure how to recover the part table.
I also have partition master and partition recovery....both of which show the 35gb only.

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February 9, 2011 at 19:09:12
try reformatting the drive again, if it wont pull up any more than 35gb your drive might be bad.

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February 9, 2011 at 19:14:58
ive reformatted a few times....the drive works just fine...its just not showing the correct size.

also.....in the bios it also shows the 35gb

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February 9, 2011 at 19:52:06
Formatting is only going to work with the partition size that is present.

Try deleting all partitions and then see how much space shows in Disk Management.

Use something like killdisk on it. Take care you apply killdisk to the proper drive.

Do you know the history of that drive?

What are the specs of your computer?

Possible there is a limiting jumper on the drive or most of the space and heads are dead. There shouldn't be any jumpers on that drive.

Try another cable.

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February 9, 2011 at 21:05:51
Well this is on a laptop so there is no cable...

this drive has been in my fiancee's dell mini since day one....

the problem started after i connected an external and loaded a copy of windows on it the external...

then there were 2 boot ini files on the drive that was on the dell....it booted fine a few times then i got the error.

Ive tried to delete all the partitions a few times...created a few then deleted them...with all of them deleted it just shows 35.xxgb of unallocated space.

ill try killdisk

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February 12, 2011 at 04:39:53
Its not showing ANY unpartitioned space

i stated this in my OP

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February 12, 2011 at 05:25:23
You need to run a drive fitness test on that hard drive. Most manufacturers provide such a test for free on their respective websites. Toshiba is one brand that doesn't.

If your brand doesn't provide a test then use Seatools by Seagate or Hitachi's fitness test.

If you don't know the brand/type/model, then use SIW to determine that information. Get SIW at the link below.


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