I bought an OEM 1TB drive by Samsung to replace my 300 gig drive and today I attempted to install it as my main hard disk. As you can imagine, it didn't work hence my question here.
First, my system info:
XP Pro, SP3 all updates.
Intel Core 2 dual processor, 2ghz, 2 gig DDR2 RAM (800mhz)
300 gig hard drive (100 gigs free space) SATA
Gigabyte S-series motherboard, model GA-P35-DS3L
I use Acronis for my back up software so I decided to clone my old HD to the new one. I connected Samsung drive, booted up and the system seem to recognize it. I started up Acronis, selected the cloning process, pointed it to the Samsung disk and let it go. It rebooted and started the cloning process. Note that for the cloning process, my old HD occupied disk 0 connection (which is where it was originally) and the Samsung was on the disk 1 connection. Before I rebooted after the cloning had finished, I switched the HDs connections so that the Samsung was on disk 0 and the old drive was now disk 1
Acronis told me the cloning was successful but upon reboot, the machine couldn't get to the desktop and threw an error saying that it couldn't read the HD disk. I switched the disks back (old disk on drive 0, samsung on drive 1) and it worked but it booted using my old HD.
I check out the new disk in My Computer and it showed only 7.85 gigs and when I doubled clicked on it, a window would open asking if wanted to format it. I went into disk management and deleted the partition. Using Partition Magic 8 I then tried to recreate the partition but it will only allow me to create a partition of 8 gigs!
What did I do wrong? Is there a way that I can reformat this drive back to its 1 TB capacity?