06-08-2012 03:40 PM - edited 06-08-2012 04:09 PM
Hi, folks, I've seen variations on this problem on the net, but it typically involves Vista or an Nvida Motherboard, so those solutions don't work for me...
The situation: Brand new ST1500DL003 1.5 TB drive. Activated using the Bootable Seatools CD image, booted into Windows XP-64 on my MSI 790FX-GD70 motherboard, with the Windows partition installed on an OCZ Agility 90GB SSD, and find the drive in my Disk Management. I do a full format of the entire 1.5 TB drive (or 1397.26 GB as listed in Disk Managment) without problems.
When I pull up the drive in Explorer, it states there is only 0.99TB free, and under properties it shows 400,900,017,600 bytes used space. (I'll attempt to attach a picture of it...) Looking at the drive with Hidden Files visible shows nothing, the Disk Defragmenter doesn't show any files at all, SMART denies any problems, and HD Tune shows no bad sectors.
The only funny thing I've turned up is that Device Manager does not list any SATA controllers, just IDE... but that doesn't make sense, because ALL my drives are SATA. Is there a known problem with the ATI 790FX chipset that I can't find info about?
06-09-2012 02:46 PM
06-10-2012 03:14 PM - edited 06-10-2012 03:17 PM
Sorry, I didn't mean to give the impression I've discounted the driver limitation, it's more that I'm SURE that it's a driver issue, but I'm not sure A) how to prove it or B) how to address it.
Looking in BIOS, under the menu "Integrated Peripherals" there is a setting called "On-Chip ATA Devices"
Within this sub-menu there are three settings:
"PCI IDE BusMaster" which is "Enabled"
"On-Chip SATA Controller" which is also "Enabled" and then
"RAID Mode" which has three values, IDE; RAID; AHCI, and is set to "IDE"
Does that tell you what you wanted to know?
06-12-2012 12:22 PM
I just received a ST1500DL003 yesterday, and after a fresh format, I have EXACTLY the same problem as DocVayne, right down to the amount of disk space that is being reported as "used" (373 GB). There are absolutely no files on the drive.
Every test in SeaTools failed to detect a problem. A full CHKDSK scan reported finding 370-some-odd gigs worth of bad sectors, which would seem to partially explain the problem, but it was unable to actually correct whatever errors are present. I have checked all relevant connections and reseated all components, and checked all relevant BIOS settings, to no avail.
I also have XP 64. Mainboard is a BIOSTAR T5XE CFX-SLI. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears, because I've tried pretty much everything I can think of short of returning the drive.
06-13-2012 01:43 AM