Hard drive format/partition problems


D

Dugie

Hi,

I'm running updated W2K Pro, and have 3 hard drives. I've used them for
about 3 years, no problems.
Installed a new mainboard, MSI V Class K9VGM-V, with 1GB RAM.

Current problem is the Maxtor 20GB, a slave to the 30GB Maxtor (the 30GB
works fine).
BIOS sees the 20GB properly, but the system doesn't. Disk Management is no
help. At best it only sees a partition of about 8.1 GB.

I want to reformat/partition the 20GB, or whatever is needed, and regain
all its space. How to do so would be appreciated.

If this isn't the proper newsgroup, please suggest the proper one.

Thanks.
Dugie
 
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D

DL

I have to ask; After installing the new mobo you ran a repair installation
of win to install the new chipset & other hw drivers from the mobo cd or mbo
site, and didnt rely on winupdate?
 
D

Dugie

After installing the new mainboard, I ran the W2K install CD repair, as the
tech who installed the mobo suggested.
(the tech's installation of the board wasn't planned; it was done to make
up for a previous sale to me an unsupported mobo)

Thanks!
Dugie
 
D

Dugie

Yes, as available, 7.87 GB free, used 16.0KB. Dynamic, Simple vol, once I
used Disk Management to format it.
 
D

DL

Am I understanding correctly
A Partition of 8.1gb + Free (Unallocated) 7.87gb ?

If the above is correct and this hd contains no data (or data you can lose)
delete the partition & create a partition to use the whole available space
(Should give about 17gb)
 
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Gary Chanson

Is this motherboard and old model? There was a BIOS limitation at either
8GB or 16GB (as I recall, it depended on the BIOS) several years ago. Maybe
you need a BIOS upgrade.
 
D

DL

Or maybe the Maxtor was origonally partitioned with a third party utility or
drive overlay software?
 
D

Dugie

D:/ is a partition of about 8GB, WITH 7.87 GB free. There is no unallocated
space, unless you equate unallocated space to free space which is formatted
to hold data.

Anyway, after I deleted the partition using Disk Management:
* DM> right-click on Disk 1 > Properties > still shows D: as Capacity 8056
MB, Unallocated space 0 MB.
* DM> right-click on Volume bar> Properties > 7.85 GB free space
* My Computer shows D: with 7.85 GB both Total and Free

Right-clicking on DM> Volume bar > offers a Delete Volume choice. Doing so
DM > 7.87 GB Unallocated. Properties > 8056 MB Capacity & Unallocated
Space. D: no longer shows in My Computer.

Your help is appreciated. I've done these procedures several time without
getting the entire available space of 20+GB which I had before. It's
frustrating. I don't understand.
I have the drive specs for the D: Maxtor Mod 32049H2, but the CMOS seems
to have no place to enter them manually

Thanks, Dugie
 
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D

Dugie

Thank you for the help. The drive slave jumper turned out to be a Cylinder
Limitation Jumper. :-(
After removing the jumper, Disk Management prepared the drive to 20GB! The
Maxtor (now Seagate) phone tech solved the problem.

Doug
 

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