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New HDD 200gig only reading out as 31.4 available

by BTDM / March 21, 2006 6:51 PM PST

I bought a new 200gb HDD to increase all around free space, mainly for edit cuts for my movie. I put it in the secondary slave position, (Primary 1 and 2 already have HDD in them. One is a 40gb the other is a 150gb) and turned on my PC.
At the boot up screen, It read all the drives except the new 200. It read it out as 'None', but in windows it was an actual drive, just with 31.4gb free.
I right clicked on the drive and went to reformat, thinking that would solve the problem but in the capacity drop down menu it still said 31.4gb.
I have refrained from reformatting do to fear that it will get stuck at 31.4gb.
Any help?
Thanks, Bret

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Just a thought. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 21, 2006 9:16 PM PST

Have you activated it?

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Hmm...
by BTDM / March 22, 2006 4:32 AM PST
In reply to: Just a thought. . .

How would I go about doing that?

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Open Control Panel. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 22, 2006 6:32 AM PST
In reply to: Hmm...

Click Administrative Tools, then Computer Management. On the left, click Disk Management. From memory now, I haven't done this in a while, the new drive should be shown on the right. Right clicking it should bring up an activation menu and display partitions, or something of the sort, several options.

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another angle of attack
by linkit / March 22, 2006 7:21 AM PST
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Let's start from the beginning
by VAPCMD / March 22, 2006 12:58 PM PST

what OS and SP are you running and what motherboard and BIOS are you running ?

As one responder has indicated some HDD mfgs have a cylinder limit jumper (CLJ)...that makes any drive over 32GB look like its ONLY 32GB. It lets older systems with BIOS limitations work with newer larger hard drives.

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