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2Tb HDD only recognized as 232Gb in Windows but, the full 2Tb in BIOS

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June 20, 2013 10:55:33 PM

My build:http://pcpartpicker.com/user/SlidingBandit/saved/1MrX
I have just built this rig (my first so I'm surprised at the lack of problems.) but, my seagate 2Tb is only being recognized as 232Gb by in my BIOS it recognizes the full 2Tb. I don't even know if this is just windows being stupid and isn't even a problem but, I figured I better ask in case the HDD is faulty and needs to be returned with the 30 day return period.

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June 20, 2013 11:13:24 PM

If you want to check what windows is seeing to see if you've got a HDD fault, you can goto the spot in windows where you can create and change HDD partitions, I know in Win 7 it's control panel/system and security/create and format hard disc partitions, you should be able to see the full 2Tb there and format up the rest to use. If it's not there, then maybe you could try something like HD Tune or one of the many other HDD/SSD checking utilities.
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June 20, 2013 11:30:08 PM

jossrik said:
If you want to check what windows is seeing to see if you've got a HDD fault, you can goto the spot in windows where you can create and change HDD partitions, I know in Win 7 it's control panel/system and security/create and format hard disc partitions, you should be able to see the full 2Tb there and format up the rest to use. If it's not there, then maybe you could try something like HD Tune or one of the many other HDD/SSD checking utilities.

I am formatting the drive right now (take quite some time) so I installed the HD tune program and it also says that I have 2Tb in the drive. So from my extremely limited knowledge of HDD's that means that I just have to add drive partitions to utilize the full 2Tb. If I'm totally wrong call me out as I have no idea what I am really talking about and I am only using logic.
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June 20, 2013 11:53:37 PM

slidingbandit said:
jossrik said:
If you want to check what windows is seeing to see if you've got a HDD fault, you can goto the spot in windows where you can create and change HDD partitions, I know in Win 7 it's control panel/system and security/create and format hard disc partitions, you should be able to see the full 2Tb there and format up the rest to use. If it's not there, then maybe you could try something like HD Tune or one of the many other HDD/SSD checking utilities.

I am formatting the drive right now (take quite some time) so I installed the HD tune program and it also says that I have 2Tb in the drive. So from my extremely limited knowledge of HDD's that means that I just have to add drive partitions to utilize the full 2Tb. If I'm totally wrong call me out as I have no idea what I am really talking about and I am only using logic.


Hello,
Go to your start menu ,
Right click on your Computer
Click on "Manage"
Then a screen will show up ..
Click on Disk Management
And then it will show up all your Storage devices , (pendrives , hard disks , memory card readers EtC ETC, regardless of the numerous partitions and it doesnt care if they are mounted or not i.e. My computer shows those devices or not )
Check the size of your hard disk on the second half of the windows , if it shows full 2TB then ur hard disk is fine , format it with some good tool like "Mini partion tool " Link :http://minitool-partition-wizard-home-edition.soft32.co...
And then you will be good to go ..

If you dun see 2Tb then its the problem of the hard disk , i dun know much about solving problems with hardware :p  i just know to solve things via software ...

But reply back your screen shot of disk management window
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June 21, 2013 12:05:39 AM

mhrsolanki2020 said:
slidingbandit said:
jossrik said:
If you want to check what windows is seeing to see if you've got a HDD fault, you can goto the spot in windows where you can create and change HDD partitions, I know in Win 7 it's control panel/system and security/create and format hard disc partitions, you should be able to see the full 2Tb there and format up the rest to use. If it's not there, then maybe you could try something like HD Tune or one of the many other HDD/SSD checking utilities.

I am formatting the drive right now (take quite some time) so I installed the HD tune program and it also says that I have 2Tb in the drive. So from my extremely limited knowledge of HDD's that means that I just have to add drive partitions to utilize the full 2Tb. If I'm totally wrong call me out as I have no idea what I am really talking about and I am only using logic.


Hello,
Go to your start menu ,
Right click on your Computer
Click on "Manage"
Then a screen will show up ..
Click on Disk Management
And then it will show up all your Storage devices , (pendrives , hard disks , memory card readers EtC ETC, regardless of the numerous partitions and it doesnt care if they are mounted or not i.e. My computer shows those devices or not )
Check the size of your hard disk on the second half of the windows , if it shows full 2TB then ur hard disk is fine , format it with some good tool like "Mini partion tool " Link :http://minitool-partition-wizard-home-edition.soft32.co...
And then you will be good to go ..

If you dun see 2Tb then its the problem of the hard disk , i dun know much about solving problems with hardware :p  i just know to solve things via software ...

But reply back your screen shot of disk management window


http://imgur.com/wjdLX84 I am assuming that disk0 is the rest of my HDD. How do I make partitions of it so I can use the rest of the drive?
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June 21, 2013 12:09:06 AM

Just right click on it , create a drive with the space u need.. and then with the rest of the unallocated space, create yet another partition :) 
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June 21, 2013 12:11:45 AM

mhrsolanki2020 said:
Just right click on it , create a drive with the space u need.. and then with the rest of the unallocated space, create yet another partition :) 


Thanks a bunch, that worked perfectly. just out of curiosity is there any reason behind why my drive didn't just naturally used all 2Tb in a single partition?
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June 21, 2013 12:13:56 AM

slidingbandit said:
mhrsolanki2020 said:
Just right click on it , create a drive with the space u need.. and then with the rest of the unallocated space, create yet another partition :) 


Thanks a bunch, that worked perfectly. just out of curiosity is there any reason behind why my drive didn't just naturally used all 2Tb in a single partition?


Um dun know :p  comon now let it go , problem solve cheers to that :p  If you get any problems today , feel free to ship it back from where you bought i and ask them for a new one
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June 21, 2013 12:15:44 AM

mhrsolanki2020 said:
slidingbandit said:
mhrsolanki2020 said:
Just right click on it , create a drive with the space u need.. and then with the rest of the unallocated space, create yet another partition :) 


Thanks a bunch, that worked perfectly. just out of curiosity is there any reason behind why my drive didn't just naturally used all 2Tb in a single partition?


Um dun know :p  comon now let it go , problem solve cheers to that :p  If you get any problems today , feel free to ship it back from where you bought i and ask them for a new one


I guess its not worth fixing if it isn't broke. I am going rape the HDD with some BF3 gameplay here in a bit so I will know right away if it all works.
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June 21, 2013 12:22:03 AM

slidingbandit said:
mhrsolanki2020 said:
slidingbandit said:
mhrsolanki2020 said:
Just right click on it , create a drive with the space u need.. and then with the rest of the unallocated space, create yet another partition :) 


Thanks a bunch, that worked perfectly. just out of curiosity is there any reason behind why my drive didn't just naturally used all 2Tb in a single partition?


Um dun know :p  comon now let it go , problem solve cheers to that :p  If you get any problems today , feel free to ship it back from where you bought i and ask them for a new one


I guess its not worth fixing if it isn't broke. I am going rape the HDD with some BF3 gameplay here in a bit so I will know right away if it all works.


Luck with that !! :) 
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June 21, 2013 2:02:36 AM

The 232GB capacity is consistent with a 2TB drive that has been initialised in an external enclosure that has a 4Kbyte sector size.

232 gigabytes x (4096 / 512) = 1 992 864 825 344 bytes

http://www.google.com/search?q=232+gigabytes+x+(4096+/+512)+in+bytes

If you've never installed the HDD in an enclosure, and if was delivered with a 232GB partition, then a previous purchaser may have returned it to the vendor.
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June 21, 2013 2:04:14 AM

fzabkar said:
The 232GB capacity is consistent with a 2TB drive that has been initialised in an external enclosure that has a 4Kbyte sector size.

232 gigabytes x (4096 / 512) = 1 992 864 825 344 bytes

http://www.google.com/search?q=232+gigabytes+x+(4096+/+512)+in+bytes

If you've never installed the HDD in an enclosure, and if was delivered with a 232GB partition, then a previous purchaser may have returned it to the vendor.


So what you are trying to say is that newegg gave me a used HDD?
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June 21, 2013 2:05:40 AM

slidingbandit said:
fzabkar said:
The 232GB capacity is consistent with a 2TB drive that has been initialised in an external enclosure that has a 4Kbyte sector size.

232 gigabytes x (4096 / 512) = 1 992 864 825 344 bytes

http://www.google.com/search?q=232+gigabytes+x+(4096+/+512)+in+bytes

If you've never installed the HDD in an enclosure, and if was delivered with a 232GB partition, then a previous purchaser may have returned it to the vendor.


So what you are trying to say is that newegg gave me a used HDD?

Ya really .. that may be the case...
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June 21, 2013 2:07:15 AM

mhrsolanki2020 said:
slidingbandit said:
fzabkar said:
The 232GB capacity is consistent with a 2TB drive that has been initialised in an external enclosure that has a 4Kbyte sector size.

232 gigabytes x (4096 / 512) = 1 992 864 825 344 bytes

http://www.google.com/search?q=232+gigabytes+x+(4096+/+512)+in+bytes

If you've never installed the HDD in an enclosure, and if was delivered with a 232GB partition, then a previous purchaser may have returned it to the vendor.


So what you are trying to say is that newegg gave me a used HDD?

Ya really .. that may be the case...


Well, whatever its fixed now.
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June 21, 2013 2:15:01 AM

slidingbandit said:
mhrsolanki2020 said:
slidingbandit said:
fzabkar said:
The 232GB capacity is consistent with a 2TB drive that has been initialised in an external enclosure that has a 4Kbyte sector size.

232 gigabytes x (4096 / 512) = 1 992 864 825 344 bytes

http://www.google.com/search?q=232+gigabytes+x+(4096+/+512)+in+bytes

If you've never installed the HDD in an enclosure, and if was delivered with a 232GB partition, then a previous purchaser may have returned it to the vendor.


So what you are trying to say is that newegg gave me a used HDD?

Ya really .. that may be the case...


Well, whatever its fixed now.


:)  .. yeah .. N if it were a damaged Hard Disk then it will obviously start showing u problems in 10 days time . and then u can replace it ;) 
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April 17, 2014 12:45:55 AM

mhrsolanki2020 said:
slidingbandit said:
jossrik said:
If you want to check what windows is seeing to see if you've got a HDD fault, you can goto the spot in windows where you can create and change HDD partitions, I know in Win 7 it's control panel/system and security/create and format hard disc partitions, you should be able to see the full 2Tb there and format up the rest to use. If it's not there, then maybe you could try something like HD Tune or one of the many other HDD/SSD checking utilities.

I am formatting the drive right now (take quite some time) so I installed the HD tune program and it also says that I have 2Tb in the drive. So from my extremely limited knowledge of HDD's that means that I just have to add drive partitions to utilize the full 2Tb. If I'm totally wrong call me out as I have no idea what I am really talking about and I am only using logic.


Hello,
Go to your start menu ,
Right click on your Computer
Click on "Manage"
Then a screen will show up ..
Click on Disk Management
And then it will show up all your Storage devices , (pendrives , hard disks , memory card readers EtC ETC, regardless of the numerous partitions and it doesnt care if they are mounted or not i.e. My computer shows those devices or not )
Check the size of your hard disk on the second half of the windows , if it shows full 2TB then ur hard disk is fine , format it with some good tool like "Mini partion tool " Link :http://minitool-partition-wizard-home-edition.soft32.co...
And then you will be good to go ..

If you dun see 2Tb then its the problem of the hard disk , i dun know much about solving problems with hardware :p  i just know to solve things via software ...

But reply back your screen shot of disk management window


I am experiencing the same problem, although my disk management is not coming up with any unallocated space? what does this mean?
Here's a screenshot of my disk manager https://imageshack.com/i/na8fzyp
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