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December 2, 2004 2:22:12 AM

So, recently got a hard drive, and it works and stuff, but it only detects 32Gb's of the 120 gb drive.. I've treid all sorts of stuff.. Fat32 part, and NTFS with no avail... I just dont know what do to anymore. Anyone have any ideas? Its a Samsung Drive..

Old System:p ackard Bell Legend 3550,200 mhz cpu,72mb ram,8mb video,2gb hdd.
NEW System:ECS N2U400-A,512 mb ram,AMD Athlon 2500+, 64 mb video, SOUND, on board lan, USB Ports, 120 Gb HDD

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December 2, 2004 5:52:41 AM

You have to delete the partition completely to make it larger. Is this your main drive?

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December 2, 2004 3:46:11 PM

A few things to remember, if your using windows xp which im sure most people are nowadays at home at least, the ntfs file system is probably a better choice for the format. That said, fat is fine as long as your notintending to handle any very large files.
I had a similar problem when i built my first system in June, had a 200Gb Maxtor drive as C: and it would only recognise 131Gb of it (due to the limitation of a pre sp1 xp pro disc which i was using to install the OS.) Eventually i got mine fixed with the disk managment tool in xp and partition magic but it was a complete nightmare.
I would suggest trying a couple of things before u try reformatting tho, try to see if in the disk managment you can either extend the size of the partition which you have up to the full capacity or see if you can add an additional partition to the drive to make use of the full 120Gb. If your using XP though you really shouldnt have any poblems with that drive size as it is only when it goes above 137Gb that issues occur as far as I have heard.
The other thing you could try is looking on the samsung website for anyone/any reports of people having any kind of similar problem, i know on the maxtor site thay had a supposed fix for the big hard drives, even tho it didnt work for me it was nice when I saw it and thought that it would!!! :p 
My first place to look tho like i said would be in disk managment see what you can do from there.
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December 2, 2004 6:45:11 PM

I thought Maxtor shipped with the software necessary to partition/prepare the drive to be recognized by the BIOS and OS?

I'm about to install a 200gb WD EIDE this weekend. Plan to partition it into two 100gb drives to make sure XP Home SP2 sees it.

Pavelow

Dell 8250, i850e, 4xAGP, 2.4ghzCPU, 512mbPC1066RDRAM, 112gbATA, GeF4MX420, SBL5.1, SamSung 48xCDRW, LiteOn 851S DVDRW
RJ-45 to Compaq 9660, 233mhzCPU, 104mbFPRAM, 12mbVoodoo2, Win95a
December 2, 2004 7:42:44 PM

I have done this, several times.. Once within windows, once with a 98 startup disk, and then again NTFS with XP startup cd thingy.. With no avail
Samsung have something called DM Creator, but it wouldnt let us download it, not sure why.. We've been trying to get it for about a week now, and the only progress we made was getting it 32gb..

BTW I installed it on my computer, and it worked perfectly, so it isnt the drive...


Also, for whoever said they were installing a WD Drive, thats what I have in mine, got it working in five minutes, so you shouldnt have any problems haha

Old System:p ackard Bell Legend 3550,200 mhz cpu,72mb ram,8mb video,2gb hdd.
NEW System:ECS N2U400-A,512 mb ram,AMD Athlon 2500+, 64 mb video, SOUND, on board lan, USB Ports, 120 Gb HDD
December 2, 2004 8:10:29 PM

"Whoever" is me, PAVELOW.

P = Precision
A = Altitude
V = Vehicle
E = Entry
LOW = low level

It is a USAF Special Operations Helicopter, MH-53J.

I know, too much info.

Pavelow

Dell 8250, i850e, 4xAGP, 2.4ghzCPU, 512mbPC1066RDRAM, 112gbATA, GeF4MX420, SBL5.1, SamSung 48xCDRW, LiteOn 851S DVDRW
RJ-45 to Compaq 9660, 233mhzCPU, 104mbFPRAM, 12mbVoodoo2, Win95a
December 2, 2004 8:33:34 PM

lol sorry, didnt meant to offend you.

Old System:p ackard Bell Legend 3550,200 mhz cpu,72mb ram,8mb video,2gb hdd.
NEW System:ECS N2U400-A,512 mb ram,AMD Athlon 2500+, 64 mb video, SOUND, on board lan, USB Ports, 120 Gb HDD
December 2, 2004 8:33:35 PM

OK, Windows 98 has a drive limit, I think it's 80GB. So that's a washout, probably kicked you down to 32MB. XP has a Fat32 limit of 32GB, so that's a washout too. NTFS could do full size, but the problem is, you ALREADY HAD A PARTITION DEFINED AT 32GB!!! You have to REMOVE that partition in order to make an NTFS partition the full size of the drive.

From XP Settup that means using the Delete option when it ask you which partition you want to use. If it's a second drive (not the OS drive) and you do it from an installed XP, you have to use Disk Management to remove the partition and make a new one full-sized. You can find Disk Management if you right click on "My Computer" choose "Manage", then "Disk Management" and find the drive/partitions on the list at the lower right hand panel.

You should remove ALL partitions from that drive (there may be a misterious 8MB partition to be removed as well) to make the new partition.

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December 2, 2004 8:41:41 PM

You know, while we're on the subject, I've got a 120gb HDD that only totals to 112gb. I thought maybe Dell did a bait and switch on me. But maybe I have a restore partition or the Dell support partition that is taking up that 8gb of space. I know it isn't Norton or my OS or my BIOS. What could be taking up that space?

Pavelow

Dell 8250, i850e, 4xAGP, 2.4ghzCPU, 512mbPC1066RDRAM, 112gbATA, GeF4MX420, SBL5.1, SamSung 48xCDRW, LiteOn 851S DVDRW
RJ-45 to Compaq 9660, 233mhzCPU, 104mbFPRAM, 12mbVoodoo2, Win95a
December 2, 2004 8:46:57 PM

Yeah, that is more than likely swap file and just lost partion space.. You're probably gonna get that no matter what you do. Thats how my drive is. Except I only have 111.7.. but I guess that rounded would be 112

Anyway, I have fully deleted the partiton, a few times.. This new one was like it was fresh new, never been touched drive.. Formatted into NTFS 32 gb..

Old System:p ackard Bell Legend 3550,200 mhz cpu,72mb ram,8mb video,2gb hdd.
NEW System:ECS N2U400-A,512 mb ram,AMD Athlon 2500+, 64 mb video, SOUND, on board lan, USB Ports, 120 Gb HDD<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by karamazov on 12/02/04 05:53 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
December 2, 2004 9:05:08 PM

My calculater says 120,000,000,000 bytes /1024 (kB), /1024 (MB), /1024 (gB), equals 111.76 gigabytes.

You see, they're using the standard math "Billions of bytes" rather than the proper computer math.

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December 2, 2004 9:05:48 PM

It's just a math conversion that allows them to advertise a drive as larger than its actual size, see my previous post.

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December 2, 2004 9:09:46 PM

One step ahead of my next thought. I just did that math before coming back to this post. So it was in fact sort of a bait and switch. I'll have to check the Western digital I bought last weekend to see if they did the same.

Pavelow

Dell 8250, i850e, 4xAGP, 2.4ghzCPU, 512mbPC1066RDRAM, 120gbATA, GeF4MX420, SBL5.1, SamSung 48xCDRW, LiteOn 851S DVDRW
RJ-45 to Compaq 9660, 233mhzCPU, 104mbFPRAM, 12mbVoodoo2, Win95a
December 2, 2004 9:30:14 PM

They all do it.

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