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80GB HD-Only 8GB Available ???????????

By bogie.1 ·
I have a 80GB HD from Maxtor(D740X-6L). It had been hooked up to my system running Win98se. It had been partitioned to only access a 32GB area leaveing the rest unassigned & unaccessible. It was only in the computer temperarely as a quick fix. It was installed as instructed by Maxtor. It performed fine. Later it was removed & replaced by the original HD. Afew months later it was again called upon to act in a temperary capasity on the same computer, this time as additional storeage. Only thistime the OS was Win XP. It was formatted to insure that it was clear of any data. checking the properties showed that it had 32GB, I figured from the first use, no problem. Again when the neccesity for it's use was over it was removed. Now I want to wipe the whole HD. I installed it, but this time it registered that I only have 10MB. It is not acknowledging the rest of the drive at all. I have tried formating, expolering the drive through command prompt, and useing the disks from Maxtor. How can I regain the full use of this HD? I don't care about loseing any thing on it. I would just like the use of the HD full time in the " Under Construction" computer that I have finally been able to acquire(& afford) all the parts for. Any helpwould be greatly appreciated.

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by roger.gibson In reply to 80GB HD-Only 8GB Availabl ...

Upgrade your bios

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by B_Pope In reply to 80GB HD-Only 8GB Availabl ...

fdisk will not report the correct size of a drive when used to create partitions larger than 64GB, what happens is it reports the size as being the difference between the two. A 80GB drive made into one partition will result in 16GB deing reported as your drive size.

In your case it's reporting 10GB which makes me think you still have a 6GB NTFS partition left on the drive. Fdisk can't delete NTFS partitions you'll need a program called "delpart" available at bootdisk.com, but I would slap your bootdisk back in & type fdisk & select 4 display partition info & see what shows up first.

Microsoft has a fix for fdisk so it will create partitions larger than 64GB, MS article Q263044

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to 80GB HD-Only 8GB Availabl ...

I had a similar problem and solved it by placing the HDD (and IBM in my case) in the XP machine and use the Disk Manager (within the Computer Manager, from Admin Tools in Control Panel) to create and format 4 20GB primary partitions on the drive. I found that the Win 98 would recognise upto 32GB, but not 40GB, and that it sometimes disliked 30GB, but always recognised the 20GB. I had tried using 1 primary partition and an extended drive but the 98 machine hard trouble with it. With the 4 20GB primary partitions it has always managed to find all 4 partitions and thinks they are 4 physical drives.

BTW this is all dependent upon the motherboard BIOS being able to handle a 80GB HDD as well.

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