Hard Drive size cut in half??

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garrett

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Hello,

I got this 60gig Maxtor hard drive (96147H6), I used partition magic to get rid of all the old partitions... I formatted.. etc. But the computer can only see 30 gigabytes of it. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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- G
 
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How much is partition magic showing ? as well did you have any linux systems's on it ?
 

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My BIOS is from 2001, I'm not running Linux, and Partition Magic says there is a total of 30 gigabytes on that drive (the whole drive, not a partition).
 
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are the jumpers set to allow more than 30 gigs? i know some on some h/d you can limit the size manually.
 
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You say that partition magic reads 30 gig as well. Did the drive ever read as 60 gig ?
 
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Originally posted by motherboard:
as well did you have any linux systems's on it ?
please re-read this - did this drive in the past have any linux on it?? did you look at the drive to see if it did?? and how big the drive registered before running partition magic?
 

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It's a used drive so I don't know if it ever had Linux on it before. The drive registered as 30gigs before running partition magic.
 
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sounds like you bought a 30gig drive - sorry - see if you can take it back
 
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I take it ur running either 2k or xp. If u have the install cd for windows. Go along as if u are going to install it to that hd. Once you get to the partition bit u should see the rest of the drive, if it is 60g.
 
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use the Maxtor Powermax utility to write zeroes to the entire disk and if there is or were any linux on the drive it will be wiped totally clean. This utility will bring the drive back to oem specs then you should be ok..But you may still have a 30 g disk on your hands as it sounds as if you have been had..
 
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That didnt work when u suggested it to me. After i ran the LL format, i went back to windows and my drive still said only 8g, but after that i did what i suggested to garrett and that brought it back to 40.
 
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Its not an attempt to get back gigs that don't exist. Its an attempt to format the drive totally..
 
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