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I have a fujitsu sn: 01018678 I am trying to install. It is supposed to be 30GB, my computer will only recognize this piece of hardware at 6.04GB. Have tried reformatting from device manager, this did not fix the problem. Also tried from admin tools. Is there another way to format this drive, I believe it might be partitioned from the previous owner (Purchased the drive on ebay and was told it should read 30gb.) This leads me to think it might have been previously partitioned by the seller, I have tried booting the computer with this drive alone, and it kept reading boot devise failure, would not let me access bios menu either. It also will not let me create folders on this drive, but I can view it in device manager.

Have been working on this for weeks, had multiple sets of eyes on it.... No luck!!! Please help, if you have any suggestions please let me know.







Computer specs:
Gateway E2300 Series.
Proc: 2.8GHZ 32BIT
System: Windows XP
HD: 2x Seagate 80gb, 1-30GB Fujitsu
post #2 of 6
I can't seem to find any info on that drive. Are you absolutely certain it is indeed a 30gb drive? Does the disk management utility in windows show any unknown partitions on that drive?
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No partitions are on i can only view the 6.04gb on my hard drive in computer management even in my bios system it says 6.04gb no partitions.and yes it is a 30 gb. Whtat i have read on blogs is that if it reads healthy(at risk) then its most likely damaged but i was wanting to see if by chance it was just partioned off.
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Seeing that 6.04GB is roughly 1/5 of 30GB there may be some failed chips.
I would try a Linux boot / recovery disk just to be sure. It may be able to see hidden/unknown partitions.
Edited by DarkPhoenix - 4/6/11 at 2:18pm
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I would do a secure erase on it. That should eliminate any problem partitions, as well as return it to its original performance state.
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How would i go about doing a secure erase on it?

Could you please link me a good site that has detailed directions?

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks
Edited by twizedjoker89 - 4/6/11 at 8:33pm
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