hard drive factory crippled
Posted on 2003-03-28
I was offered a hard drive from a friend whose company replaces their PCs regulary. The old stuff is thrown out. This drive is a 40gig drive, enough for me. One hitch, it was crippled by the manufacturer.
Here's why. This company needed to replace a 6gig drive a while back. When they contacted the manufacturer, they didn't have any 6gigs drives for rush deliver. The hard drive manufacturer sent a 40gig but crippled it to 6gig. This was a warranty replacement and the manufacturer did in fact replace a 6gig drive with a 6gig capcity drive. The drive itself has a label on it stating 40gig. A phone call to the manufactory verified this condition when a customer service person stated "they take the drive in the back and [cripple it].
Is there a way to regain the full capacity of this drive? Was it a firmware flash that was performed on this drive?