Reads less GB than what it is

Maxtor / 6l250r0
April 18, 2010 at 18:40:31
Specs: Windows XP
I was formating this HDD and after I installed OS (win XP) when I restarted the PC ,it did not load windows, so I used maxtor software to try to fix the problem and I created a boot file call: MLB, it did not fix the problem but created a new problem, now the HDD read only 34 GB when its actually 250GB. I reformated the HDD with windows, DOS and same problem, how can fix it?

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#1
April 18, 2010 at 19:33:45
i think you are formatting using the FAT file system( which is limited to around 30GB), try reformat the drive using the NTFS file system.

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#2
April 19, 2010 at 00:51:08
Since the drive is over 128 gig the motherboard bios needs to be 48-bit LBA compliant (or you need an add-on ATA card for the drive) and your XP installaiton cd needs to be at least SP1. Does your system meet those requirements?

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#3
April 19, 2010 at 20:05:10
my HDD is formated using the NSTF file system, My motherboard bios is 48-bit LBA compliant and my XP installaiton cd is SP1. So my system meet those requirements. I was using this HDD before I formated and it was working fine and read the whole GB. I just wanted to clean every thing and start fresh thats why I formated. I appreciate any help. thanks

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#4
April 19, 2010 at 22:15:44
check the jumpers on the hard disk, there's a way to limit the capacity of the drive to 32GB by jumper configuration. Make sure it is on "master".

also check the bios and set it up the hard disk detection to "auto".

and it could be the possibility that you partitioned only 34 GB of the drive as an logical disk, and the rest is un-partitioned.

what maxor software did you used? the seatools or the disc wizard?


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#5
April 19, 2010 at 23:17:27
If the jumper placement checks out OK, boot up with the XP cd and choose to start the setup. When it shows the existing partitions choose to delete them and then recreate them, either a single 250 gig partition or choose a lesser amount for the booting drive. Then later you can add virtual drives in the remaining space.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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