External USB drive 300gig - can only partition 24 gig
Posted on 2006-04-28
I use win 2000 pro with sp4 and have partitioned and formatted a number of external usb drives with between 200 and 300 gig.
I'm talking about the external boxes into which you install the harddisk of your choice.
This time I partitioned and then formatted the new 300 gig drive as usual with NTFS. It worked fine.
It was then taken home by a teacher and connected to windows ME, and did not work of course, needing to see FAT32.
So I reformatted the drive with FAT32 but received a warning on completion that there was not enough room.
So I deleted the partition, created a new one, (always leaving the last 7 meg untouched), tried formatting again. Same result.
Finally I discovered that when I try to alter the partition size, the size available instantly dropped to 24 gig and cannot be taken higher.
What's happening here?
I think the hardisk was a Maxtor. The teacher installed the harddisk without moving the jumper from cable select to Master.
That did not stop me from formatting with NTFS successfully the first time round. I have since moved it to Master.