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replacing a hardrive in an external case

by decoupage / August 8, 2005 10:46 AM PDT

I had a 250gb maxtor external drive that stopped working right after my warranty expired. I found a 250 western digital hard drive to replace the junked drive in the maxtor. When my Mac sees it - it still shows up as: maxtor 128 drive, saying that there is only 128gb available. I have tried reformatting it, but that doesn't seem to work. Any ideas?

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What OS?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2005 11:15 PM PDT
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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 9, 2005 4:57 AM PDT

As Bob pointed out, some Mac's cannot see above 127MB but these same Mac's can see higher amounts when the drive is external and connected with Firewire.
Unfortunately, some earlier Firewire boards had the same restriction.
If the Maxtor was a 250Gb and you could see all of it, there shouldn't be any reason why you do not see all of the replacement drive.
I'm guessing that the "shows up as: maxtor 128 drive" is a typo.
What does System Profiler see it as?
What machine and what OS?


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