Resizing Hard Drive

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  1. gavdon

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    I decided to make use of a spare Samsung SV1204H Hard Drive that I had by installing it in an external USB enclosure. When it was first connected I was prompted to reformat, which I did. The reformatting seems to have turned the 120gb drive into a 31.4gb NTFS drive. I presume that the rest is there somewhere, but I don't know how to return this drive to it's original size.
    Any help will be appreciated
     
  2. Jake

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    Probably the drive had more than one partition and you are only seeing the first one.

    You should be able to delete all the partitions on the drive and make just one large partition then reformat.

    Plug the drive into the computer.
    open control panel/administrative tools/computer management/storage/disk management

    Highlight the USB drive to get all the partition information.
    If you right click on the drive you have all the options to delete partitions etc.

    This info is for WinXP other versions may not be exactly the same.

    Jake
     
  3. gavdon

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    Thanks for the quick reply.
    I am working with XP - Forgot to mention that.
    I have just tried what you have suggested. I can delete the partition, but when I try to create a new one the max. disc space is set to 32248MB and I cannot increase this.
     
  4. dynamitetony

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    do you have service pack 2

    im sure i read about this problem with service pack 1.
     
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    You sure your formatting as NTFS not Fat32?
     
  6. gavdon

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    I do have Service Pack 2 installed and it has been formatted in as NTFS.
     
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    yep.. sounds for all the world like you're hitting the 2000/XP FAT32 32GB size limit.... :confused:

    if you recreate the partition, and format as NTFS you should def. get the full disk size...

    if you really did want FAT, you'll need a win98/me bootdisk to format the FAT32 poartition bigger than 32GB....
     
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    If you can get hold of Partitionmagic 8, you will have the ability to recover any missing space and restore the drive to its full capacity. I had this problem with an external USB drive enclosure ( Icy Box) The 200gb HDD only showed up as about 120gb, this was running XP with SP2. Took a couple of minutes to sort it out.
    You can probably pick up a full version on ebay pretty cheaply, well worth the price, whatever you pay, it is a very versatile program.

    Allan
     
  9. Jake

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    Suggest you install the drive as a second drive in a pc directly connected to the IDE and see what is reported. If you still can't see the whole drive then at least you know its not due to the USB interface. You could also partition and format while you have it connected in this manner. If you can see the hole drive then you know the disk is ok, try the USB interface again.
    You may need to do a low level format, have never had to do this so don't know how to go about it, sorry.

    Jake
     
  10. gavdon

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    I installed the Hard Drive back in the PC as Jake suggested . In disk management it showed the usable/healthy 31gb and the remainder was unallocated. I deleted the partition and reformatted.
    I now have fully usable USB 120gb HD.

    Thanks to everyone for their help.

    :thumbsup:
     

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