Hard disk size reduced to half after formatting hard drive

HI this is my first time
I have a samsung IDE hard drive 500 GB. My system crashed so I tried formatting but it wouldnt work so I read somewhere that removing all other drives and shifting jumper could solve problem so I tried shifting jumper position and accidently put it in limit size to 32 GB slot and formatted HDD. Then I realised the mistake and replanted jumper and now its showing only 250 GB size

SO my question is
1. How can I regain that rest of space i.e approx 200GB
2.I didnt format my whole Hard drive when I limited the size to 32 GB so is there anyway I can recover that data
3. My HDD doesnt show anywhere [printed on it ] that its a 500 GB HDD so how can I know its capacity without connecting would using serial no help
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  1. What is the model number?

    What does HD Sentinel tell you about the drive?
    http://www.hdsentinel.com/
  2. you have to fdisk the drive and remove all the partion then fdisk the drive again and then reboot and the full amount should be fine.
  3. fzabkar said:
    What is the model number?

    What does HD Sentinel tell you about the drive?
    http://www.hdsentinel.com/



    Ok now that I have recovered my HDD space I will try and check it with HD sentinel
    how can I restore my data I am sure that I didnt format the rest of the drive ?
  4. smorizio said:
    you have to fdisk the drive and remove all the partion then fdisk the drive again and then reboot and the full amount should be fine.



    Sorry but I dont know whats an fdisk can u please tell me in detail
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