I am having problems trying to get full amount out of my harddrive.
I HAVE A 320GIG HARDDRIVE THAT USED TO HAVE VISTA ON IT INTILL I FORMATED IT AND ONLY GET 128GIG INSTEAD OF THE FULL AMOUNT, I HAVE PARTION MAGIC 8.0 AND IT COMES UP WITH ERROR MESSAGE #4 Bad argument/parameter. when try to create a partition on the drive. it says on the drive part "bad" and in a yellow colour as it means other format. how do i fix this all so i can have my harddrive running like it should it is also a sata harddrive.
ps. is working when i bring it up on my computer and i can access it but i cant put all the memory together. thanks
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It sounds as if the OS was not installed. Once PC is formated it wipes out the OS. Try running you OS disk (XP,Vista,Win7). If after the second install you are getting the same Message OS not found now you want to check the harddrive. F8 on boot Safe mode with command Prompts. and run "chkdsk /r" with out the quotes. This will check your harddrive and repair any bad sectors.
Use disk imaging software to copy your drive over. I like "Acronis true image home" but there are many you can use. Also if you buy a new hard-drive a lot of time it will include instructions and software to get this done. Here are the basics on what you will need to do:
- install the new hard-drive as a slave drive
- clone old drive to new drive
- remove both drives
- reinstall new drive as a master drive
and you done. It's not hard once you've done it once.
There are normally only two ways to get vista to recognise large drives and that is to format it within windows by way of right click my computer then click manage and then highlight your harddrive right click and select format.
The other way is if your drive isnt being recognised because of the bios and needs updating, as most bios chips did when upgrading to vista.