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September 29th, 2004, 12:42 PM #1
flash my hardrive
I got 120GB hardrive maxtor - in external case connected to my laptop through USB.
For some reason it started to show that its only 13GB drive.
I'm trying to flash my hardrive bios .... should I use Max-Blast or is there something else ?
Where I can get it ?
September 29th, 2004, 12:45 PM #2
How old is the laptop..it may not recognize the hard drive size properly.
September 29th, 2004, 12:48 PM #3
its 3.06GHZ dell brand new laptop ....
I have tried to connect the drive to a different computer ( tower) and it recognized same size
what should I use to flash the drive ? flashing the hardrive helps to gain back maybe few gigs but isnt it too hardcore when 120GB is showing only 13GB ?
September 29th, 2004, 12:52 PM #4
it was working fine for hmm 6 months maybe the laptop recognized the drive with out any problem .... after that I had some problems I had to format my laptop n stuff ... since than its showin only 13GB ....
September 29th, 2004, 12:54 PM #5
whats the model number of the USB drive and which OS are you using on your laptop?
September 29th, 2004, 12:57 PM #6
USB 2 and I'm using winXP PRO SP2 hmm is it going to be a problem to flash it ?
Not sure if the fact that its connected through the USB won't cause any trouble
September 29th, 2004, 01:18 PM #7
Well if worked before it shouldn't be a problem with the drive. I would avoid flashing it.. I will look on Maxtor's site and see what I can find for you.
September 29th, 2004, 01:19 PM #8
I need the exact model number for the drive.. should be listed on the bottom of it.
September 29th, 2004, 01:25 PM #9
the drive is in the external case and the case is screwd with 15 bolts hmm is it necessery that number ? If its needed I can open it up it will just take a few minutes .......
what else can I do if not flashing it ?
the drive works fine only problem is its showing 13GB instead of 120 GB lool little detail
September 29th, 2004, 01:27 PM #10
OH... is a aftermarket USB hard drive enclosure because Maxtor makes there own USB external hard drives in their own enclosures.
September 29th, 2004, 01:41 PM #11
yeah its after-market external case that you buy for 40$ and than u just put in regular hardrive out of ur tower ... this way its much more cheaper ... instead of paying 350 - 400$ you just pay 150 already with the case or somethin like that
should I take it out of the case ?
September 29th, 2004, 01:49 PM #12
what about flashing the drive ? how else can I get back the original size of the hd ?
could I use max-blast ? I was looking for that little utillity on maxtor website but there is nothin like that
September 29th, 2004, 02:27 PM #13
Er, have you checked its partition table with a partition manager of some sort?
You'll probably have to do this from within windows as DOS doesn't work too well with USB stuff (so no booting to a ranish partition manager disk). You might be able to use ranish from a command window though.
September 29th, 2004, 02:43 PM #14
check for errors ? I use partition magic is that what you mean ?
hmm thats what I think as well that connecting the hardrive through USB hm I dont even think that it would show up in dos mode
September 29th, 2004, 09:24 PM #15
Well partition magic works from windows, so what does it say?
September 29th, 2004, 09:31 PM #16
Ok this is very weird
When I connect the hardrive to my laptop through USB and I try to run partition magic 8. it just display that error 100 " partition table is bad" and than shots down automaticly
when I disconnect the USB drive the partition magic starts no problem and works like a charm...
I had some stuff saved since I lost 120GB to 13GB I have saved some files there and now I'm trying to transfer those files back to my laptop .... but after 2-3 minutes of transfering it says that I/O error connection or cable error.
but I can explore the drive and get little files out of there no problem
any ideas ?
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