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Slave HDD not formatting correctly and displaying low capacity

Installed a Quantum Fireball lct15 30 as a Slave HDD in my PC which has a 40GB HDD Master. Creating a Primary Partition with DOS produced a total capacity of 9Mb FAT12 on a disk with 27Gb capacity. The disk formatted OK with 9Mb capacity and is quite usable but with very limited capacity. The Slave disk is shown in the Bios at run time with the limited capacity. How can I obtain the true capacity of the disk? The PC is operating under Windows ME

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  • jdent75 Jan 06, 2009

    Thank you for your information unfortunately it did not resolve the problem - still getting 9Mb of FAT12. I should have pointed out that the HDD came from someones DVD recorder. I had assumed that its original format would have been over written by the Windows/DOS formatting process. Can anyone suggest a solution? The problem is bugging me!!

  • jdent75 Jan 06, 2009

    Thank you for your information unfortunately it did not resolve the problem - still getting 9Mb of FAT12. I should have pointed out that the HDD came from someones DVD recorder. I had assumed that its original format would have been over written by the Windows/DOS formatting process. Can anyone suggest a solution? The problem is bugging me!!

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I've just solved this very problem on a lct 20 (40GB) which was showing as 9mb. The drive came from a dead series 1 Tivo DVR, which locks the drive capacity when it shuts down. The utility that solved it for me was qunlock (Google it - there's lots of Tivo upgraders who offer it) which runs from the dos prompt (make a dos floppy - or windows startup disk - and copy the program to it). Simply type "qunlock n" at the dos prompt where n is a number (0-3) that represents where the drive is (type qunlock/? for a guide). The important bit is to power off the computer afterwards! (Not ctrl-alt-del).

I also found the HDD Capacity Restore Tool from HDDguru.com which runs under windows, but although this reported the correct 40GB capacity of the drive, it did not successfully restore it for me.

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If the bios does not see it at anything bigger than 9MB then the system will not do anything more than that. Did you install the drive on the same cable as your primary drive? If so make sure that the jumpers are correct. Try puting the drive on the secondary cable with nothing else on the cable. If you do have it on the secondary cable Im going to guess that you have a CD rom or DVD rom on the cable. You might try puting the jumpers on cable select for both devices remembering that the one on the end of the cable will normally end up being the master. Try just working with the secondary cable so that you dont have any issues with drive conflicts with the Primary master drive. Once you see the full drive amount in the bios then you can format the new slave. Fat 32 is the flie system of choice for Win ME so try the newer file system after you see the full drive size in the bios. I use a program called casper XP but you can get a free program from most drive manufacturers. I like the Western Digital Lifeguard program. Its easy to use and works on almost any drive. Hope this helps... Dale

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    Dale Barrett Jan 06, 2009

    Does the hard drive show as anything more than 9 Mb in the BIOS? Not what it shows in DOS or Windows but the BIOS. If the BIOS doesnt show it as anything other than 9 Mb it will never show as anything other than that. If it does show as more than 9 Mb then what you need to do is use a drive setup software like I was talking about in my previous post. I ldont know what type of file system they use but it obviously will not work with your OS. What you are seeing in Windows / DOS is the balance of what was not partitioned when they set up the drive for the DVR. Please use a software that allows you to erase and then recreate a partition and you should be able to utilize the balance of your drive and format it with a fat 32 or NTFS partition. Just formatting from windows or dos will not do anything but blank out the partition that you allready have. It will not create or modify the partition. You need other software to do that. I hope this clarifies the process a little better. Hope this helps... Dale

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