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deecree

I have a 120GB hdd. After a mishap with Win98 and FAT32, Windows XP Disk
Management and Partition Magic detect my hard drive as having 32GB of space.
When I format to NTFS or try to resize the partition, it would detect the
true size.

How can I fix this?

thanks
 
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BR549

You stated "When I format to NTFS or try to resize the partition, it would
detect the true size". Isn't that what you want, the true size of 120gb?
 
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deecree

You stated "When I format to NTFS or try to resize the partition, it would
detect the true size". Isn't that what you want, the true size of 120gb?


Sorry, "WOULDN'T detect the true size [of 120GB]"
 
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BR549

I don't use partition magic but would think it should see the rest of the
disk. Are you sure your motherboards bios is seeing the disk at its full
size?
 
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deecree

I don't use partition magic but would think it should see the rest of the
disk. Are you sure your motherboards bios is seeing the disk at its full
size?

As far as I can see, everything is seeing the 120GB drive as 32GB
 
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deecree

BR549 said:
If your motherboards bios sees your 120gb drive as only 32gb then there is
no way any OS will see the rest of the disk. Make sure about that by going
into your bios on the boot and see exactly what it thinks it is. How old is
the pc you are using and what's the manufacturer? Do you know what
motherboard is in it? There is a 32gb barrier on earlier style
motherboards.

My bios doesnt seem to mention the actual size anywhere. But it is quite old
and I have never put a +32gb drive in it.
Considering that 32gb was made visible when formatting it there, its
probably not a coincidence.

I have just tried the drive externally via USB on another machine, and it is
detected as 32GB.
What would be my next step to reset the drive to 120GB?

Thanks for the help so far.
 
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dglock

you haven't said what brand of hard drive it is.
if it has been partitioned and formated in a comp that
will only see 32gb then thats all that is there.
go to the web site of the manufacrure of the hard drive
and down load the program for preparing the drive for
installation.
that program will restore the true size of the drive.
then go to the web site for your mother board and see if
there is any bios updates for the board.
if not you may have to either replace the board or let
the hard drive program partition the drive into as many
32gb partitions as needed for you comp to see all the
drive.
you will end up with 120gb/32gb=number of drives
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BR549

The reason it's seen externally via USB as 32gb is because that's the size
of the partition you created. Once again, do you know the motherboard
manufacturer, if not go here http://www.aida32.hu/aida32-download.php and
download and install aida32. When you run it you should find the type of
motherboard that you have.
 

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