Cloned HD show different capacities

March 10, 2009 at 10:54:46
Specs: Windows XP
I have a 160gb hard drive in my computer, and I purchased a 650gb drive to replace the smaller one with. I’m using Win XP Pro.

I cloned the smaller drive to the larger drive using Clonezilla and everything appeared to be fine for a day or so, so I started wiping the smaller drive to use it as a spare drive, but now I think I have a problem.

Depending on what I look at, I see two different capacities for this new larger drive. If I right click on the drive’s properties, I see the capacity of the older, smaller drive, but if I go to the administrative tools, go to computer management, and then go to disk management, I see the capacity that it is suppose to have within “DISK 0”.

Is there anything that I can do to get the properties (or everything) to read the correct capacity? I’m worried that the conflict could lead to problems or issues sometime down the road.

I guess that I should add that this drive is partitioned into three areas. Clonezilla did this and I guess it was because of the former drive. The three partitions are 3.75gb unallocated, (C: drive) 581.13gb NTFS, and (D: drive) 15.01 NTFS. The D: drive holds recovery information, and there is also a capacity difference issue with it as well.

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March 10, 2009 at 14:09:58
I would suggest posting that question in the Clonezilla forum.

It would appear Clonezilla did not update the registry concerning the drive params

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March 10, 2009 at 14:31:45
Start with chkdsk.

Might be a faulty partition or overlapping partition.Use Ranish to see if error on partitions.

Both OS and bios need to support that large of a drive and partition in XP. Clonzilla supports the larger drive.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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March 10, 2009 at 15:24:01
partition reporting has nothing to do with bios
being a clone there are no overlapping partitions

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March 11, 2009 at 05:09:53
Thanks for the replies.

I will indeed post my problem at Clonzilla, and in hindsight, it makes great sense. Thanks. Originally, I had hoped that it was something that was within windows that I could correct. I still hope there might be someone here that knows something helpful.

In regards to the chkdsk suggestion, I went ahead and did the five step check and it didn't change or correct anything. Thanks for the Ranish tip, but I've gone ahead an purchased a couple of items from Acronis, and I'm thinking about cloning the larger HD to disc and then seeing if I can then clone it back to the smaller original.

Before I do anything though, I would still like to see if I can correct my current problem.

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