11-04-2009 05:58 PM
I recently upgraded my motherboard to a GIGABYTE EP45-UDR3 and before I had done that, my Vista OS was reporting my hard drive as ~298GB. After upgrading the motherboard, the filesystem became corrupted so I reformatted, only this time the OS only recognized the drive as 279GB. I decided that a 19GB loss was pretty significant and that I should do something about it.
I spoke to Seagate via webchat and they recommended that I use SeaTools to zero fill the drive and then try reformatting. This procedure has been of no avail. The drive is still reporting 279GB.
11-04-2009 07:17 PM - edited 11-04-2009 07:20 PM
11-05-2009 06:36 AM
Which MB did you have originally?
I suspect the missing capacity is missing because of the change in boards, did you do an O/S recovery?
No doubt a full format and reload will sort it out, and it's probably the best way to go 100% clean with the new hardware.
11-05-2009 06:46 PM - edited 11-05-2009 06:47 PM
Set Capacity to Native MAX command in SeaTools for DOS failed. It gave me a message along the lines of "Make sure the drive has been power cycled."
SeaTools was reporting the drive as ~300 GB but it is DEFINITELY a 320 GB drive. I know there is a difference between decimal 320 GB and binary - even still the drive should report ~298 GB.
Thanks for the link though, I'll be sure to read more about this.
After advisement from Seagate, I "zero filled" the drive using SeaTools and then did a "full erase" which took over an hour. Drive still was showing the incorrect capacity.
I've decided that since 19 GB was less than I had free when I was utilizing my system before my hardware change, having the system running is more important than playing with the hard drive right now.
11-07-2009 03:37 AM
I thinkI know what this is now, when you reformatted the drive did you delete all the partitions and make one new small minimum size one?
If you didn't I think you'll find this is why, you have 2x 8-9mb partitions in existance.
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