Increase hard disk capacity

  Acco 17:30 09 May 05

I have just installed a Maxtor 80Gb HDD as a second local drive in my new Dell PC. This drive was previously installed in an older PC and could only be formatted up to about 33Gb in that machine. The drive works fine in the Dell (at 33Gb) but I would like to utilize its maximum capacity if possible. The primary drive in the Dell is also 80Gb.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

  Joe R 17:34 09 May 05


what O's are you using.?

  DieSse 17:35 09 May 05

What OS are you using? - How did you format the drive - FAT32 or NTFS.

WinXP and Win2000 will only format partitions up to 32Gb in FAT32 - to get larger you need to format it in NTFS.

  leo49 17:35 09 May 05

Study the jumper diagram on the top of the HDD then check the jumpers - it's almost certain you have the capacity limiter jumper on and it needs removing.

  DieSse 17:36 09 May 05

Also there is a jumper which can be fitted to limit the drive capacity to 32Gb (for older systems) - make sure it's not fitted.

  Acco 17:41 09 May 05

I'm using Windows XP

  Acco 17:41 09 May 05

I'm using Windows XP Home

  Acco 17:48 09 May 05

The drive is NTFS

  DieSse 17:48 09 May 05

See comment then, about how it was formatted.

  DieSse 17:49 09 May 05

You beat me to it - sorry - check the capacity limit jumper next.

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