Hi All I have an old hard drive which is definitely 4.3gb in size. When I plugged it in to a pc I was setting up for a spare its seeing the drive as about 2.1gb.There are no partions on it. Where's the rest gone? I reckon that would have been about the free space left on it when it was last used. Could it have just died lying about? The last time it was used I plugged it in to my new xp system and dragged all the files I wanted accross, is that the prob? Thanks Davie
Have tried fdisk again,answered yes to using large disk support (FAT32??) Deleted all partitions(only 1), and then answered yes to using the whole disk and it comes up as 2014mb. It beats me thats for sure. Its only for a spare one for my parents to use so I'm not too panicked about it. Just don't like getting beat by the machinery. Think I'll sleep on it and see what else there can be. Theres nothing in the Bios that could be wrong is there? Cheers Davie
The BIOS may simply be too old to support drives over 2Gb - in this case he simplest way is to use the manufacturers setup utility.
Seagate = Disk Wizard - download from their web site.
Also check in the BIOS first page that hard drive selection is set to Auto - that should make sure the BIOS finds the largest capacity it's capable of. Some older BIOS also have a setting on another page for LBA mode - make sure this is Enabled.
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