Full capacity not recognized on new HD

Wd Western digital scorpio 320gb interna...
November 17, 2009 at 10:50:02
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Dual Core @ 2+Ghz, 2GB RAM
I have a new laptop hard drive with a full capacity of 320GB which I'd like to swap out with my existing 50+GB hard drive in my Dell Inspiron E1505. Using the free trial of Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0, I cloned the old to the new, with the understanding that a partition could simply be extended to make use of the rest of the 320GB. Not so! I am looking for a last resort, as every suggestion I have received has not worked. I have tried Diskpart, Disk Management, Easeus Partition Master (free version), reformatting, reinitializing, writing zeroes, etc. My hard drive currently remains blank, with 50+GB of unallocated space and the rest of the 320GB has not appeared since the cloning. At the moment, I am not concerned with putting anything ONTO the hd, only to get it back to its original blank state with the full capacity of 320GB recognized. Thank you for any assistance you could provide!

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November 17, 2009 at 12:37:21
What service pack is installed on your WinXP OS?

How did you use Acronis when you have a laptop? I am asking how the new drive was connected?

Better to image the old drive to DVDR then restore from the image disks.

As far as getting the 320GB back to the factory state just boot to the disk utility from the maker of the drive and repartition it.

I am somewhat confused as to exactly what the state of your computer currently is. If you are able to access Disk Management then you must be booting into WinXP. If you don't have any service packs installed WinXP can't configure drives larger than 127GB.

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November 17, 2009 at 12:51:58
Put old drive back in. Use ntbackup with system state and save it to a remote media. Install new hard drive. Use XP cd to intstall a basic xp and then apply restore with system state.

There other ways to copy images too. You might have copied too much of the old disk. You included disk geometry or partition information.

Could install a basic mbr on the new disk and use maybe partimage or other clone or even a file to file copy.

The only reason I say ntbackup is some odd programs might be linked to position on disk. Some old games do that. Ntbackup seems to work on every application I have seen.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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November 17, 2009 at 13:13:16
I would have formated the entire 320GB (actual size is approx 298GB), then cloned the old to the new, then repartitioned.

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