USB/FireWire 120 GB External Hard drive seen as 32 GB
Posted on 2006-07-22
I recently installed a Seagate 120 GB IDE hard drive into an new A-Power 5.25 USB/Firewire combo drive enclosure (model AP525-C). I have a USB/firewire PCI card installed on a server (an older HP Netserver LPR with the latest BIOS (4.0.635) running Windows Small Business 2003 R2) and was planning on using the external drive for backups. However, the drive is detected and seen as only 31.49 GB using either USB or Firewire. When accessed, I received an error that the drive was not formatted, so I attempted to format, and it failed. I found a driver that came with the enclosure for "COMBO Cardbus" and after installing the driver and rebooting, I was able to format it in NTFS; but it still is shown as 31.49 GB. Other drivers on the install CD appear to be for USB only.
Plugged into Firewire port, the drive appears in the device manager as “Initio ST3120026A SBP2 Device”
The drive in question was previously installed internally onto a different "server" (a clone PC running Windows Server 2003) and formatted in NTFS. When plugged into this "server" through a USB 1.1 port, it is also seen as only 31.49 GB. When plugged in through IDE, all 120 GB is seen.
I've done numerous searches for any other drivers or even the manufacturer's site, with no luck.
I'd like to be able to use all 120 GB... any thoughts?