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I just installed a Maxtor 6L06033 (60GB) drive in my Essential 500. Why does it only format to 32GB?

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  • jfoe Sep 29, 2009

    Jamil, You're the best! XP Home, NTFS.

  • jfoe Sep 29, 2009

    Thank you!

    1. It is not the only drive in the PC. It is set as master, (I believe, since the computer boots up from taht disk) but it has been formatted by the XP installation to 32GB.
    2. No data on it yet. Capacity 57255mb, Unallocated 25015mb.

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    Jamil Ahsan May 11, 2010

    I need more info. NTFS should have shown 60GB. Can you reply back to my following questions:

    1. Is it the only hard drive in your PC? if yes, can you make sure it is set as Master. If not, set it as Master and then try to boot and see if it gives you 60GB space back.

    2. I hope you do not have any data on it yet. If no data, right click on my Computer, Go to Manage, in left pane click on Disk Management and on right hand side, see what DISK0 says. Does it show you 32 GB and then some un allocated space? If yes, how much unallocated space?

    Answer me and then we will move on from there....


  • Jamil Ahsan
    Jamil Ahsan May 11, 2010

    What Operating system you have? Can you tell me the File system on this drive? You can right click and go to properties to view the file system. Jamil



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1.the max configuration for this PC may only be for 40 GB
2. you may have to format the drive in to a 2nd virtual drive 32/22
3. check the manufacturers spec to see the maximum drive it can take.

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Ahhhhannn..Now we talking...OK so you have two options:

1. Right click "My Computer" Manage, Disk Management in left pane, and then DISK0 in right pane. As you mentioned DISK0 has so some unallocated space. Right Click in that unallocated space, FORMAT, choose NTFS, Quick format. Bingo, once format is done, all unallocated space is available now as an additional drive (maybe D or E or F). You can see it if you double clcik "My Computer".

2. If you do not want to have TWO logical drives off ONE physical drive then you can rebuilt your PC again, and during XP installation when you reach at a questions "Press C to create a partition and D to delete a partition" select D to delete the 32GB partition. As soon as you will delete it you will notice that now all 60GB space is available BUT as unparitioned. Now press C to create a partition and HERE AT THIS POINT make sure the whole 60 GB space is there. It will be little less as NTFS format eats up 2-3 GB space which is OK. Then in next screen make sure you select NTFS (QUICK FORMAT) and thats it. After XP installation you will see only ONE drive (C) with a little more or less 57 GB space.



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