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I have a Maxtor DiamondMax 120Gig harddrive. When I install it in my computer it shows to be about 32Gig. How do I get the computer to recognize the full capacity of the drive?
I have a Emachine, D4362 running windows XP home edition with service pack 3. This is an additional drive I pulled out of an older comput and it has noting on it I need to save. The computer is booting and working normally off the primary drive.
Ok, the Jumper settings would have zero affect on the drive reading properly. The bios can have an affect if the settings in the Bios are set to only read a portion of the drive itself. Most standard set ups in the Bios are AUTO, which means they auto detect the drives total capability. Unless you went in and changed the settings of the bios for what it reads for Hard Drives, then the next logical conclusion is that there are bad sectors on the drive itself, which means it got damaged at some point.
The littlest of things, that we would never expect to hurt a hard drive, considering how dense they are, can actually damage it greatly. I had an external drive Maxtor 120gb myself, and while it was running, it got knocked off the desk and bounced on the carpet. After that, i could not access half the drive itself.
So, first thing to do is check the BIOS settings, under Hard Drive. Make sure its set to auto detect and also that it is not set to limiting how much it reads. Then, while in Window's itself, Go to the Control Panel, Pull up System, then the Tab Hardware, then Device Manager and Look under IDE/ATA/ATAPI Controllers. Finally, do a quick scan with your eyes, make sure there are no drives with a big Yellow Exclamation Mark on them. If there is not, then there is a very good chance that at some point the drive became damaged from a very long list of possible things.
Next solution is to take the drive to a Best Buy, to the Geek Squad and have them do a Diagnostic's Test on it, to make sure that all the sectors are in working order.
I am sorry, but that is everything i can think of to helping to resolve this problem in a timely manner
Posted on Nov 01, 2008
Isnt there a jumper setting on the back of the hard drive to cap it at 32 gb?
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
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