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500 Gig Maxtor Hard Drive shows up as 150 gig

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  1. babbleon

    babbleon Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I have a Maxtor 500 gig Hard drive. I got it a while back as a gift and never had a chance to use it until I got an external case for it. However, when I first started the HDD up, my computer only registered a 150 gig hard drive. I thought that was odd, so I tried to reformat it, but I kept on getting only 150. I tried atleast 3 different external cases and they all gave me the same result.

    Does anyone know how to fix this or have anything that I can try to see what's wrong with my Hard drive?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mxpxrobbie

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    My guess is your motherboard or software can't recognize a HDD that large. What are you running?
     
  3. Smiles n' grins

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    If you aren't running at least Service pack 1 (SP1) or above on XP, then it might not recongnize it fully.

    Maybe the jumper setting is wrong. It might be restricted from showing what it really is. What is your jumper setting?
     
  4. babbleon

    babbleon Thread Starter

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    I set the jumpers on master drive. Also, I'm running windows XP sp2
     
  5. babbleon

    babbleon Thread Starter

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    Also, does the external case have to be a specific design in order for the hard drives to work at maximum capacity?
     
  6. Spider111

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    Remove the jumpers and try to plug it in once again.
     
  7. babbleon

    babbleon Thread Starter

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    Taking the jumper off didn't work. Neither did setting it on slave.
     
  8. win2kpro

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    What is the full model number on the drive?
     
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    And whats the model of the enclosure you put it in?
     
  10. Smiles n' grins

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    Oh yes, Maxtor...my memories are still fresh...it came with a cd right? Is it MaxBlast 4 or MaxBlast 5?
     
  11. golddust

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    Could be it is only a 150 and was packaged incorrectly.
     
  12. babbleon

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    The Model Number is 6H500R0.

    There are 3 jumper settings that the HD shows, DS( Master), CS Enabled, and Cap Limit.
    The enclosure model i am using is a NexStar 3 3.5 hard drive enclosure usb 2.0 interface.

    Sorry for the late reply.
     
  13. win2kpro

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    Does your BIOS support 48 Bit LBA?
     
  14. babbleon

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    I'm sure it does. I have an alienware sentia m3450 laptop. I'll check later on tonight.


    ....how do I check?
     
  15. win2kpro

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    You have to access BIOS and look through BIOS.
     
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