2nd 80gb HDD lost 50gb

  charlyk 21:38 27 Feb 08
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I would really appreciate if anybody could give me a heads-up on this problem.

I have installed a 2nd 80gb hard drive (as slave) to help out my almost full main hdd.

I am running XP sp2 on main hdd. However, when I added 2nd hdd Windows will only see it as a 30gb hdd. The BIOS sees 80gb.

I have tried alternative methods, ie. taking out 1st hdd and just booting 2nd, it then sees as a 80gb. (which eventually cost me all my data, have had to reformat both hdd and reinstall).

When both drives are installed can only use combined total of 110gb.

I am using: Intel Celeron CPU 2.40ghz with 512mb RAM with Windows XP sp2 (home edition).

Any ideas?? all help gratefully received.

TIA Cheryl

  DieSse 22:13 27 Feb 08

You may have tried to format it to FAT32 with XP - which will only format up to 32GB.

The solution is to format it to NTFS, which ca format to much higher capacities.

  woodchip 22:18 27 Feb 08

The drive may have a limiting jumper on it so you can change it check edge of drive for jumper other than slave jumper

  DieSse 22:21 27 Feb 08

"The drive may have a limiting jumper on it..." - but then the BIOS would only see it as 32GB.

  charlyk 23:28 27 Feb 08

It has been formatted to NTFS (several times). I have tried as cable select, slave, master, and swapped drives around, but each time the 2nd hdd is only showing 30gb.

  woodchip 23:39 27 Feb 08

Have you looked in Disc Management to see if there is unallocated space on the drive?

right click My Computer Manage\Disc Management

  mima 23:40 27 Feb 08

try manufacturer website if there is some program t osort this out i had to do it once with my seagate hd it was 200GB but comp saw only 130GB or some like that so i used seagate program to format hd and than it was all ok or maybe to update bios on your mobo would help

  charlyk 23:56 27 Feb 08

Got a feeling that I got it wrong, and that the BIOS is seeing smaller size as well. If BIOS needs updating, how do I do that. I look through the BIOS info to check all the settings, but not sure how to update.

TIA

  charlyk 23:57 27 Feb 08

Thanks Woodchip, yes have done that, to no avail.

  DieSse 00:27 28 Feb 08

Try mimas suggestion of a manufacturer utility. Theses can sometimes overcome BIOS capacity limits.

What make is the drive?

  Terry Brown 09:09 28 Feb 08

Are you using a system restore disk, as these have preset partition settings, which would account for the problem.

Try this.
Goto to help & Support, in box enter DISK
(Usually bottom option)- Disk Management
Check for unused area's on hard drive
If found you can then format them and they will show on your system.
Terry

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