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Quantum Fireball Lct 15 (15GB HDD)
Jfelici1 Feb-07-01 07:47 PM
I've got a Quantum 15GB HDD (at least that's what the label says) that only shows up as an 8.4 GB HDD. This drive is not new. I've removed the partition using Win2000 and it says it has only 8.4GB available to be partitioned. I installed a 40GB in this same PC and I was able to create a 40GB active partition. Is there some way that a hard drive be reprogrammed to what it is supposed to be? I also download a diagnostic program from the Quantum site, but it also indicates that this is an 8.4GB HDD. I pulled the specs of the Lct15 and nowhere in the specs does it indicate that this drive can even be an 8.4GB.

1. RE: Quantum Fireball Lct 15 (15GB HDD)
lbyard Feb-07-01 09:12 PM
In response to message 0
See MS Knowledgebase Article Q254769, Hard Disk Is Misreported as Eight Gigabytes in Size During Setup at http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q254/7/69.ASP?LN=EN-US&SD=gn&FR=0&qry=Q254769&rnk=1&src=DHCS_MSPSS_gn_SRCH&SPR=WIN2000 for a possible reason and solution. Larry

2. RE: Quantum Fireball Lct 15 (15GB HDD)
Jfelici1 Feb-08-01 08:54 PM
In response to message 1
That didn't help...I should mention that the Bios also sees only an 8.4 GB HDD. Is there a way someone could have reprogrammed this Hard Drive to be used as an 8.4 only??? Thanks

3. RE: Quantum Fireball Lct 15 (15GB HDD)
lbyard Feb-08-01 09:36 PM
In response to message 2
Then it is probably a BIOS problem. Determine the make and Model of your motherboard, see if you can find the manufacturerís web site, get a BIOS update, if available, and flash the BIOS. Flash the BIOS at your own risk. Iíll warn you that if you make a mistake, the flash fails in midcourse (e.g., a power outage), or you flash with the wrong version or the BIOS, your motherboard may become inoperable and have to be shipped to a facility to have the BIOS reflashed. For more info on the 8.4 GB limitation, see the following references. I included the Western Digital link because the general info there is better than Quantumís.
http://www.quantum.com/app_notes/app_note_035.htm
http://www.westerndigital.com/service/FAQ/8-4.html
Now, before you forget, please vote for Dux; see the General Forum. Larry

4. RE: Quantum Fireball Lct 15 (15GB HDD)
Jfelici1 Feb-09-01 01:02 AM
In response to message 3
This PC has a 40GB HDD that it already recognizes.
I'm not using EZ BIos or anything else so I've pretty much eliminated the bios. BTW, I'm always looking for bios updates for my pc's so they have the latest versions. Any idea if an HDD can be reprogrammed as a smaller drive? Thanks again. I'm also going to write to Quantum and ask them.

5. RE: Quantum Fireball Lct 15 (15GB HDD)
lbyard Feb-09-01 08:28 PM
In response to message 4
Ok, I see the mention of the 40G drive in your original post; sorry about that... I don't think it was reprogrammed. Try fdisk /mbr from a DOS or Win 9x Startup floppy (http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/software/windows/startup/startup.htm and http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/winme/startup/page1.html) on the Quantum. That should restore the manufacturerís original boot track. I do not think that will fix the problem as the BIOS sees an 8.4GB drive. Be sure the BIOS drive setting is set to use LBA. Some older BIOSí had a separate place to tell it to use LBA. Try cranking in manual parameters for the drive instead of setting the Standard Setup to auto detect. Most BIOSís have a hard disk detection function, which will do it for you. Last resort: download and install disk manager: http://www.quantum.com/support/knowledge_base.htm or use EZ. Larry

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