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Hard drive shows incorrect size

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ozdoug, Apr 17, 2003.

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  1. ozdoug

    ozdoug Thread Starter

    Jun 1, 2002
    Sorry this will be a long tale.
    I have just installed a Liteon CD burner and now have probs with HD. I have 2 HD's, No1 is 3.2 gig. No2 is 8.4 gig. No1 WAS partitioned as 'C' & 'E' No2 is 'D'.
    I installed Nero & other s/ware that came with the burner & then started getting warnings of system files missing. I keep an image of 'C' so I restored that to disk No1. When I checked on the system I'm NOW showing 'C' as 501 Meg and NO 'E' drive. When I go into bios it shows correctly as 3.2 gig but when I R/click on the drive icon & select properties it shows as 501 meg only.
    When I run Drive Image it shows 'C' as 501 Meg with a partition of 1 Meg and an asterisk where the drive letter usually is.
    Any help of a not TOO technical would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks Doug

    Win 98SE
    3.2 gig Prim master
    8.4 gig Prim slave
    CD Burner Sec master
    CD rom Sec slave
  2. SexyTech


    Mar 27, 2002
    Hi there!

    The first thing to check is the Jumpers on ALL the drives!

    Make sure that they are "Hard Jumpered" to Master and Slave respectively on their cable. DO NOT USE CABLE SELECT OPTION.

    run FDISK to check the partition information and the size of the drive. If everything looks good there, check the BIOS and make sure things look good there, and perhaps try "auto-type" on the drives, make sure that they are being reprted correctly in the BIOS.

    Worse Case, disconnect the new drive and see what windows shows at that point. you may need to update the BIOS on the pc.

    Good Luck!

  3. cheapshot


    Aug 29, 2001
    Since you're running Win98SE, you can try this:

    Reboot pc and hit shift&F5 together right after memory post test. This will get you to a prompt and bypass any startup configs. Run Fdisk and hit option 4 to display properties. Make sure you can see drive C. You may have to repartition to get the rest of your 3.2 Gig. Under Drive useage, it should only about 15%. I hope this points you in the right direction.
  4. ozdoug

    ozdoug Thread Starter

    Jun 1, 2002
    Thanks guys. I'll try those suggestions.
  5. ozdoug

    ozdoug Thread Starter

    Jun 1, 2002
    Latest details are:-
    All connections checked OK
    Master Drive is on end connector, Slave on middle connector.
    Checking in BIOS shows Master as 3.2 Gig, Slave as 8.4 Gig.
    After booting, Dbl clicking MY COMP, selecting C drive, Properties shows .98 Gig.
    Running fdisk option 4 shows 1008 M/bytes Fat32.
    Running Partition Magic shows C drive 1008 M/bytes.
    Running Drive Image shows C drive 1008 M/bytes.
    Both drives are Quantom Fireball, but I don't have any disks or manuals for them as they came with the system. In the BIOS Setup there is an entry for HDD Low Level Format, would it be feasable to re-format the drive?? (I do have an Image of C).
    Thanks again, Doug.
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