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Help! Partition problems on a Seagate 250 Gb Barracuda IDE

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November 2, 2012 8:56:30 PM

Hello,
I have a Seagate 250Gig Barracuda IDE hard drive When I originally installed XP on it It partitioned it down to 34 Gb. I have all Service Packs and am trying to reformat this drive for a storage device only. but no matter what I do I cannot get my puter torecognize the larger capacity. It identifieies the disk as a 250 gig but bios only recognizes 33+ Gb. I have used disk mgmt several times to delete the partition and reformat and everything else but I cannot get the bios to recognize anything larger than the 33 Gig. I have a WD Sata 500 Gb for a storage and a 80 Gb for a C: drive that work just fine. I am pulling my hair out over this one. There is a jumper position on the far right for "limitiing capacity to 32 Gb" and I have tried the jumper in every single position and leaving it off as well and nothing seems to work. Any ideas??????
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November 2, 2012 11:48:06 PM

Remove the capacity limitation jumper and then use SeaTools for DOS to restore the full native capacity of your drive.

Some early BIOSes had a 32GB limitation, so you may want to rule that out.

You might also like to clear the MBR ...

fdisk /mbr
m
0
l
!