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Is it possible to unstroke a factory short stroked hard drive? I have a 320GB WD Black and a 250GB. The 250GB is short stroked by the factory; is there any way to undo this? Thanks!
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I thought short stroking was just creating a small partition at the outer edge of the platter. Wouldn't reformatting the drive giving it only a single large partition accomplish what you want?
    
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Yeah, boot to a GParted live CD and resize the partitions.
    
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250GB is short-stroked to what capacity?
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post #5 of 14
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It has 2 160GB platters; apparently the 250GB drive is exactly the same as the 320GB drive, except short-stroked by the factory. There are no partitions.
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i use seatools DOS to do short stroking...works well and if its a seagate drive there are some more options like erasing to all 0's.

works for changing size on any drive though
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Would flashing the firmware to a 320GB WD black solve ths issue?
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To be honest i have never heard of a hdd comming factory short stroked unless, i've been really not been keeping up.
Anywho, if it is just delete the partition and give it a quick formatt.
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Would flashing the firmware to a 320GB WD black solve ths issue?
No, and I am getting the feeling this drive is not short stroked, as it does not sound like you really even know what that is exactly.

First, I don't know of any company that short strokes the HDD, so that seems unlikely.

Also, all short stroking is is creating a smaller partition so only the outer portion of the hard drive gets used (the fastest part of the platter). Repartitioning the drive is all that needs to be done to return it to it's original size. Firmware is not going to change anything about how the drive is partitioned
    
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I have never heard of a factory-short-stroked hard drive, ever. Where did you buy this drive? Who told you it was short stroked? How do you know it has 2 160GB platters?
    
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