Where did my other 200 GB go?
November 26, 2008 9:25 AM Subscribe
How do I recover a 320GB drive that only reads 110GB now?
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posted by WilliamWallace to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is my first time posting a question here on MeFi, so I apologize for any formatting mistakes.
I bought a 320GB Seagate 2.5" SATA HDD to upgrade my laptop storage. I got a cheap enclosure to clone my existing HDD so I could just swap the drives out. But it seems that when I cloned the drive using Acronis TrueImage, it cloned the 110GB (from the 120GB drive) to the new drive and now the drive is only recognized as 110GB. I tried a low level formatting tool to no avail. Can someone help me or direct me to somewhere where I can recover the storage on this drive, and suggest how I can avoid this problem in the future? I googled it and it seems to be an issue with something called LDA, and how it should be 48-bit to recognize drives over 137.5 GB, but I'm not sure what that means and the explanations on how to fix it were less than helpful.
I told Acronis to automatically upscale my partitions, which may be one of the causes of the issue. There is an 80GB partition and a 30GB partition on the drive currently.
If it helps: the laptop is a Dell Inspiron 9400 with 2GB RAM and running XP.