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wrong size of a HDD

by praxsdad / February 1, 2009 12:08 PM PST

i purchased a HDD a WD2500bevs its supposed to be 250 gig , i used Acronis Tru-Image software on it to format the HDD and now it is telling me the drive is only 110 GIG !!! how can i find or recover the lost storage ? i have run the windows "disk manager" and tryed to delete the partision ( sp ) several times without sucess
any thoughts or ideas ? does this drive have a self test digonistics ( SP ) or recovery ?
thanks in advance

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oops
by praxsdad / February 1, 2009 12:10 PM PST
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i am running XP with a 1.8 gig CPU

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No biggy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2009 12:18 PM PST
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You didn't tell us what mfg, series and model # laptop
by VAPCMD / February 1, 2009 12:24 PM PST
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you put that in or what OS and SP you're using.

VAPCMD

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You don't tell us much about the computer but ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 2, 2009 12:10 AM PST
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you do need to be aware that many laptops more than a couple years old DO NOT support large hard drives without a BIOS update.

An old Dell C640 for instance (came with a 30 GB drive and an A-08 BIOS) can recognize and use an 80 GB drive just fine but a 160 GB drive when installed shows up as a 54 Meg drive UNTIL one updates the BIOS to the A-10 version. With the A-10 BIOS update it finds and can utilize the large drives just fine.

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my PC
by praxsdad / February 2, 2009 7:11 AM PST

the laptop i am working on is a Dell Inspiron model 1505 running windows Xp Media Center Edition 2006 , i downloaded the latest and greatest BIOS for this unit ( A 17 if memory serves me ) i have tryed running G4U with no sucess . i would go ahead and buy the acronis tru-image 2009 but since i own and work on PCs still running win 2000 ( and it doesnt support this ) it would be useless for me
( my 80yo mother uses her Pc and it would be hell getting her up to speed on another OS such as Xp, i had 6 months of hell swiching her from win 95 to 2000 , hence my problem ) $50 bucks would be wasted

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What I would suggest doing is to ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 3, 2009 2:44 AM PST
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Got a link to that laptop....I cannot locate any Inspiron
by VAPCMD / February 7, 2009 6:54 PM PST
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Model 1505.

VAPCMD

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Wipe the HDD with the mfg's (WDC) diags.
by VAPCMD / February 2, 2009 10:26 AM PST
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Is this a case where you used Acrnois Trialware ?

VAPCMD

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Yes
by praxsdad / February 2, 2009 11:14 AM PST

yes i used Acronis tru image trial ware and this is the results , i payed for their software and still can not get back to start ! making me go gray way before my time LOL and i have been waiting for 2 hours to chat with one of their techs .. *sigh*

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(NT) Still recommend WDC diags to wipe the drive and start over.
by VAPCMD / February 2, 2009 12:26 PM PST
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using WDC tools
by praxsdad / February 7, 2009 12:08 AM PST

i wrote all zeros to the drive and then attempted to delete this partition and still no luck
i have tryed several times to download the toolkit and then make a CD to boot from but no matter what i try it will not make a bootable disk , mayne i am just not so bright . but if anyone could tell me once i have a downlaoded file and burn it to a Cd how do i make it bootable ? i have ruined about 30 CD-R already .. any help ???

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HOW ARE YOU MAKING THAT CD?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 7, 2009 12:58 AM PST
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Many times I find people that put the .ISO file onto the disk. That's not what you should be doing unless you wanted to keep a copy of the file.

To make a proper bootable CD read " Question: How do I create the Ultimate Boot CD from the ISO image file?" at http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/faq.html
Bob

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So how many partitions do you see now ?
by VAPCMD / February 7, 2009 2:04 AM PST
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Did you try Ed's suggestion using delpart.exe ?

VAPCMD

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i have tryed follow Ed's advise
by praxsdad / February 7, 2009 7:11 AM PST

i have tryed to follow Ed;s advice buti cant make a a CD that will boot , i am using Nero 8 and then make a data Cd but it will not boot
even after chabnging the bios to only boot from a Cd ... i even put the program on a flash drive and tryed to boot from that and it goes after about 4 mins to " Unable to find a bootable device " so i still have a 250 gig drive with a partition limiting it to 109 gig

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That's a DATA disk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 7, 2009 7:57 AM PST

Go find ACTIVE ISO BURNER which is free and will only take that ISO and make a proper bootable CD.
Bob

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thank you everyone
by praxsdad / February 8, 2009 3:10 AM PST
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i finally made a bootable iso Cd and i used the tool kit from western digital to wipe the hard drive the acronis trial versions should be outlawed !!! they would not remove the partition even AFTER i purchased their softwear , makes me want to put it out there so others dont get stuck in their trap ! ( i wont put it out for freeware as thats wrong, but it sure is tempting )

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(NT) Good to hear you resoved it...Thanks for the feedback
by VAPCMD / February 8, 2009 4:13 AM PST
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Alway nice when you crack it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 8, 2009 5:44 AM PST
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And I bet you learned more than you bargained for!

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yes i did
by praxsdad / February 8, 2009 9:35 PM PST

yes i always learn a LOT when ever i use this forum and i am thankfull i found it thank you all again , but as a side note i should mention the Pc i was working on i discovered it has a faulty Cd drive , its very intermitten .. is it any wonder i was going insane ? intermitten problem are the stuff nightmares are made of !!

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