Bios & Windows reporting wrong disk size after ghosting

Posted on 2008-10-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-02

I've recently bought a 250Gb hd to replace the old 80Gb that I have on my Dell Inspiron 6400. After ghosting the disk from the 80Gb to the 250Gb, weird thing is happening. The 250Gb is being detected by the BIOS and windows as an 80Gb. Under disk management as well, I can't go beyond this size.

Could someone please tell me what I did wrong and point me to some method of reverting this back. My guess is there's something wrong with the geometry of the drive. But can ghosting a disk overwrite such data???

Thanks for the help

Question by:jmarcC
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
LVL 30

Expert Comment

ID: 22801303
If the BIOS sees omly an 80 gig drive ,either the BIOS  is bad or the disk is bad.

The Ghosting should not affect the way a system BIOS sees the drive.

We're at a hardware talking to hardware level,no OS involved.

Try another system or try to reset the system bios to default.

Expert Comment

ID: 22801320
Hi, You use Disk Management snap-in in Windows XP to perform disk-related tasks, such as creating partitions and volumes, formatting them, and assigning drive letters. On computers running Windows XP, you can also use Disk Management to perform advanced tasks, such as creating and repairing fault tolerant volumes.
Right click "My Computer" -> Manage -> Storage -> Disk Management
Check any unallcated space, and assign them.
Further information:

Expert Comment

ID: 22801333
If you confirm the HDD detected wrong in BIOS, try update the BIOS.
NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Backup and recover physical and cloud-based servers and workstations, as well as endpoint devices that belong to remote users. Avoid downtime and data loss quickly and easily for Windows-based physical or public cloud-based workloads!

LVL 39

Accepted Solution

PUNKY earned 500 total points
ID: 22801430

Author Comment

ID: 22808532
Hi Punky

thanks for pointing me to the right direction. Indeed the HPA of Dell was the cause and HDAT2 did clear the problem. I now have my 250Gb back. Since you pointed me to the right answer but GaryCase is actually the one who wrote down the answer, I'd like to share the points between you two. Anyone knows if it's possible. I do hope you understand why am doing this...

Anyways thanks for the help. Cheers.
LVL 39

Expert Comment

ID: 22808552
In order to do that, GaryCase must be comment in this thread, otherwise it could be passing points and EE admin will not allow.
There is no problem with the points, I just help and not intend to get any.

Author Comment

ID: 22819175
Ok thanks for the info... So Punky everything is yours... and thanks a lot cause spent 2 days trying to solve that and didn't find any solution...

Thanks again


Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

VM backup deduplication is a method of reducing the amount of storage space needed to save VM backups. In most organizations, VMs contain many duplicate copies of data, such as VMs deployed from the same template, VMs with the same OS, or VMs that h…
When we purchase storage, we typically are advertised storage of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and so on. However, when you actually install it into your computer, your 500GB HDD will actually show up as 465GB. Why? It has to do with the way people and computers…
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…
This tutorial will show how to configure a single USB drive with a separate folder for each day of the week. This will allow each of the backups to be kept separate preventing the previous day’s backup from being overwritten. The USB drive must be s…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question