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Maxtor 120gbyte diamond drive appears to only have 32gbytes reformat?

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.

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  • Mark Fjeld Oct 31, 2008

    Yes I do.

  • compgeek09 May 11, 2010

    How about updating the hardrive firmware or doing a bios update?

  • Robert Ryding
    Robert Ryding May 11, 2010

    Seconding on Compgeek09, If the settings in the Bios are set to auto, the bios will at times, mis-read the drive. So more clrification of what your BIOS is set at for drive set please

  • compgeek09 May 11, 2010

    Do you have the the drive set to auto in the bios?

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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

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Isnt there a jumper setting on the back of the hard drive to cap it at 32 gb?

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