Solved Large HDD not detected in Windows XP SP3.

September 27, 2011 at 03:04:01
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Intel T2050 1.6GHz
I want to replace the 60GB hard drive (Samsung HM060HI) in my laptop with a 320GB Samsung HN-M320MBB. I cloned my 60GB hard drive to the new drive as an external USB drive, using Acronis Disk Director. This worked perfectly, and I can use the new drive in my computer; BUT Windows and Acronis display the new drive as 60GB, and I can find no trace of the other 260GB !

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September 27, 2011 at 08:10:22
It seems that this is not an unknown problem with Inspiron 6400s. Have a look at this thread, which is one of a number I found discussing the problem and suggesting a solution.


#1
September 27, 2011 at 03:19:54
Do you see any "Unallocated" space in "Disk Management"? It sounds as if you made an exact clone of the partition, leaving a large amount of unpartitioned free space on the drive.

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#2
September 27, 2011 at 04:02:51
No, the total space including 'unallocated' is reported as identical to my previous drive. Also, I have now used Windows Computer Management/System tools/Disk management to delete the partitions, but they are still listed. Their details are
78MB FAT; 38.7GB unallocated; 12.45GB free space; 3.25GB FAT32; and the total disk is called 54.48GB, identical to my "60GB" drive. I thought I was running NTFS partitions, so I don't understand where the FAT and FAT32 come from?

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#3
September 27, 2011 at 04:18:07
It could be that you have run into a limitation of your laptop. What make and model is it?

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#4
September 27, 2011 at 04:26:32
My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 6400

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#5
September 27, 2011 at 04:53:45
Your problem is you already have 4 partitions. Did you ever create the Dell Recovery disks? If you did, you can delete the recovery partition & combine it with another. If you didn't, create the disks before doing anything.

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#6
September 27, 2011 at 05:42:17
Thanks Riider,
I should have explained that I replaced my original 60GB drive in the laptop, and the new 320GB drive is now external on USB. I (re-)deleted the partitions using Acronis Disk Director and now have a completely unallocated drive, but still its size is only 54.49GB according to Acronis!

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September 27, 2011 at 08:10:22
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It seems that this is not an unknown problem with Inspiron 6400s. Have a look at this thread, which is one of a number I found discussing the problem and suggesting a solution.

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#8
September 27, 2011 at 19:44:14
If you have a desktop available, try installing the drive as a second internal hard drive on the desktop and seeing what disk manager reads the disk as there, also in BIOS.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
September 28, 2011 at 00:55:21
Thanks, fingers, I'll try that. The latest is that I used Killdisk on the drive (still in an external USB box), so all the partitions have disappeared, but it's still 54.49GB !

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#10
October 3, 2011 at 07:23:33
The thread ijack mentioned leads to Hitachi Feature Tool, which can re-size drives to any value up to their physical size, and gave me back my full 320GB disc. However, I now don't seem to be able to get a working clone. I'm going to have to load everything from scratch. At least I've got the old disc as an external drive to copy over data files and such!

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#11
October 3, 2011 at 08:24:13
Your problem is caused by the HPA on the original drive.
As far as I have seen, ONLY Dell uses a HPA on the original hard drive, and your problem is VERY common with Dell computers.

See this...

1710: HPA Makes the Cloned Drive Display Wrong Capacity
http://kb.acronis.com/content/1710

Excerpts....

"Symptoms
You have cloned data from the original drive to a drive with larger capacity. The process completed successfully, but the target drive capacity became the same as the source one, whereas it has to be larger.

Cause
The issue is caused by Host Protected Area (HPA) that is on the original drive."

Etc.
.............

By the way, you CANNOT load a Windows 2000 and up (normal) installation from an external hard drive, because of Microsoft defaults / wishes - you get a blue sceen error message - that's as Microsoft intended.
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