Question about Samsung SpinPoint P80 SP0802N 80 GB Hard Drive

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SP0812N HDD 80Gb

I installed a second HDD to my PC as Slave.
It's a SP0812N and should be 80 Gb. The master is a WD 120 Gb. BIOS identifies the model correctly but with 32 Gb only. Is there something in my motherboard that limits the HDD size?

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  • El-Sid Feb 24, 2008

    I found the problem !

    This issue isn't an OS issue, the BIOS detected the drive with 32Gb before starting Windows. When I tried to connect the drive to the secondary slot, I read the jumper settings to set it to Master and I noticed there was a jumper option to limit the capacity to 32Gb. I took off that jumper and at the next boot the BIOS detected it with the right size: 80 Gb. Although Windows stole aout 5.5Gb cause it detected only 74.56Gb for partitionning. I wonder why Microsoft steals so much ?

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Hi,
this mainly depends on The Operating system, if your using Windows 2000 or above it should,nt be an issue.
sometimes there are limitations on 2 hard-drives sharing the same IDE channel on the mainboard.
Try putting the second hard-drive on the secondary motherboard slot, with it,s own individual cable.
If non of the above works, it,s possibly not formatting correctly.
you,ll need a program that zeros then formats the drive.
Hope this helps.
Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

  • Mike Waldron Feb 24, 2008

    Hi,

    all hard-drives are,nt true capacity, it,s standard for a drive to format out to 74-76 gig. this is due to the allocation units for blocks/cylinders et,c. the o/s is only probably 700mb plus.

    The main thing is, that your up and running.

    I bet your glad you took the time to study the jumpers ?

    Regards mike @ Compurepair.

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