Backup Q external drive w/USB2 shows drive 2G not 40G

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Bradley26, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. Bradley26

    Bradley26 Guest

    running win XP or ME, the 40G drive finally shows up in explorer, but
    reports the wrong size

    searched but cant find out the fix, is this a common problem??

    thanks in advance
     
    Bradley26, Sep 21, 2004
    #1
    1. Advertising

  2. Bradley26

    Thor Guest

    was probably partitioned and formatted with FAT16 rather than FAT32 or NTFS.
    Try removing the existing partition using disk management, and recreate an
    NTFS partition instead, then format it.



    "Bradley26" <> wrote in message
    news:brY3d.5758$je.2553@trnddc04...
    > running win XP or ME, the 40G drive finally shows up in explorer, but
    > reports the wrong size
    >
    > searched but cant find out the fix, is this a common problem??
    >
    > thanks in advance
    >
    >
     
    Thor, Sep 21, 2004
    #2
    1. Advertising

  3. Bradley26

    L;ozT Guest

    .....or another possibility is that the BIOS on some older PC's often cannot
    handle newer, larger drives, though the smallest limit I had so far come
    across was 20Gb. If, and I mean IF, this is the problem, one solution would
    be to split the disk into a number of 2 Gb partitions, a second would be to
    'flash' your BIOS with a BIOS upgrade from the manufacturer.

    PS, ........re: Thor's comments, if the drive is formatted NTFS, forgetting
    for a moment the size issue, this will be fine in XP, but will not be
    recognised as a valid drive in ME (which relies on FAT32 - I think).

    Cheers

    L;ozT ..............completely!

    "Thor" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > was probably partitioned and formatted with FAT16 rather than FAT32 or

    NTFS.
    > Try removing the existing partition using disk management, and recreate an
    > NTFS partition instead, then format it.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Bradley26" <> wrote in message
    > news:brY3d.5758$je.2553@trnddc04...
    > > running win XP or ME, the 40G drive finally shows up in explorer, but
    > > reports the wrong size
    > >
    > > searched but cant find out the fix, is this a common problem??
    > >
    > > thanks in advance
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    L;ozT, Sep 22, 2004
    #3
  4. Bradley26

    Thor Guest

    "L;ozT" <> wrote in message
    news:ciqdmg$o4k$...
    > ....or another possibility is that the BIOS on some older PC's often
    > cannot
    > handle newer, larger drives, though the smallest limit I had so far come
    > across was 20Gb. If, and I mean IF, this is the problem, one solution
    > would
    > be to split the disk into a number of 2 Gb partitions, a second would be
    > to
    > 'flash' your BIOS with a BIOS upgrade from the manufacturer.


    To my recollection, BIOSes haven't had a 2GB limit since the early
    Win95-era, and he couldn't be running XP on a system old enough to have such
    a limitation.

    >
    > PS, ........re: Thor's comments, if the drive is formatted NTFS,
    > forgetting
    > for a moment the size issue, this will be fine in XP, but will not be
    > recognised as a valid drive in ME (which relies on FAT32 - I think).


    Yes, good point. Furthermore, using XP's disk management tools will limit a
    FAT32 partition size to 32GB.
     
    Thor, Sep 22, 2004
    #4
    1. Advertising

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up (and it's free!). Just click the sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.
Similar Threads
  1. Chuan Shen
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    849
    Shep©
    Jun 30, 2003
  2. Chris

    External Maxtor USB2 hard drive issues

    Chris, Sep 5, 2004, in forum: Computer Support
    Replies:
    9
    Views:
    3,265
    Jim Berwick
    Sep 7, 2004
  3. terry

    40g drive only recognized 5.7

    terry, May 17, 2004, in forum: Computer Information
    Replies:
    11
    Views:
    591
    IAN GARDNER
    May 21, 2004
  4. Captain Jack Harkness

    Re: PS3 40G Has 40% Failure Rate New RROD in the making?

    Captain Jack Harkness, Mar 15, 2008, in forum: DVD Video
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    438
    khee mao
    Mar 17, 2008
  5. chuckcar

    Re: Asus EEE 1000 40G

    chuckcar, Oct 9, 2008, in forum: Computer Support
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    441
    chuckcar
    Oct 9, 2008
Loading...

Share This Page