Desktops forum

General discussion

HDD shows unformatted

by spieli / October 30, 2009 5:43 PM PDT

WinXP Pro 2002 SP3. I installed new SAMSUNG 502IJ HD two partitions. BIOS recognizes as 502Mb but WINDOWS as 912Mb, second partition as unformatted even if it was formatted and some data poured in.Please help

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: HDD shows unformatted
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: HDD shows unformatted
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
That model shows as 500Gb
by Steven Haninger / October 31, 2009 10:56 AM PDT
In reply to: HDD shows unformatted

but you said BIOS shows 502Mb and Windows as 912Mb. Is this just a typo or what you see? If you created 2 partitions, you should see 2 different drive letters. Is that the case? If you have more than one partition, your BIOS is still only going to report the HD full size and not that of the partitions Windows sees. Perhaps you did create a 912Mb partition on the 502Gb drive.

Collapse -
Bios versus WIN
by spieli / October 31, 2009 6:14 PM PDT

BIOS shows 502Gb but WinXP Disk Manager shows four partitions H:155Gb(works OK) G:421Gb (I transferred about 120Gb but now shows unformatted by My Computer - and here lays the problem) and two more partitions without letters the first 310Gb(free space adnotated by Windows) and a last partition no letter 1.99 Gb. The issue I cna't format G: because I shall loose the data.
THANK YOU so much for your answer!!!

Collapse -
That doesn't add up
by Steven Haninger / November 1, 2009 1:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Bios versus WIN

But you know that. It comes to almost 700GB on a drive with a model # that shows it as 500Gb. Instead of using explorer, look at what disk management says. It will list by partition with drive letter and also show a crude map of your physical drives. That map will contain partition information for each drive and will also show any unallocated space.

Collapse -
Bad HD
by spieli / November 12, 2009 12:54 AM PST
In reply to: That doesn't add up

Hi Steve, the disk I bought was a used one and badly formatted (I wasn't told). I recovered all my files ( I found a lot of others not mine either) and got free a new HD who works fine. Thank you for your help!!!

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
icon
Laptops 19,436 discussions
icon
Security 30,426 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
icon
Windows 10 360 discussions
icon
Phones 15,802 discussions
icon
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Tech explained

Do you know what an OLED TV is?

CNET explains how OLED technology differs from regular TVs, and what you need to know to make the right shopping decision.