Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: 250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

16 Sep 2015   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

derekimo has given you the specifications of the drive which also shows the jumper settings required. Check for correct jumper settings.

Also check this thread if it helps. 160GB Hard drive shows as 32gb only, HELP! - Forums

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2015   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Hello mithilander!

I've just come in the forum for the day, and I read the tread so far. I see, though, most of what I would suggest for the moment has been done. Thank you all!

So, mithilander, please download the WD DLG software, as by derekimo's suggestion, and post a screenshot of what the software sees. Is the WD AV there still as 26GB? Then, please perform the Quick and Extended tests. Also, please check the jumper settings, too, as by Jumanji's suggestion, because this is an older type of HDD.

How long have you had the drive? Have you used it before, was it on the same system?

What is your motherboard? Please post the model, I would like to check the controllers.

I see you have a lot of physical drives. How does the drive seem in BIOS? The screenshot of your Disk Management isn't full, I see another Disk 7 below, is it a HDD/SSD as well? If it is, that makes for 8 physical devices connected.

After you do and post the test results, I would suggest getting a new IDE data cable/ribbon, and try connecting the drive to another system. Also, switch ports with another drive on your system, to see if this isn't a motherboard issue.

Good luck and post back! :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2015   #13

Windows 7 Pro x64

Well the WD DLG software sees the drive as a 29GB drive, a little different than windows but still not quite right.

The jumper settings are correct as I have the drive in the slave position of the cable.

I've had the drive for about 8-9 years. That was why I asked if its on its last legs. I never seen a drive fail in this way. I have used this drive previously in this same exact system/configuration.

My motherboard is an X58 EVGA E758-A1
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard -
I think the drive is on the JMB363 controller because it shows up during POST with the 2 other drives connected to that controller as well as the master hard drive on the IDE cable. During POST there is a different screen for the chipset drives, JMB363 drives, and JMB362 drives.

My full drive list is the following (assume SATA if not specified):
2x 30GB SSDs
2x 3TB HDDs
1x 1TB HDD
1x 120GB SSD
1x 240GB SSD
1x 320GB HDD
1x 80GB HDD (IDE Master)
1x 250GB HDD (IDE Slave) (Problem Drive)
1x Card Reader (microSD, miniSD, etc.)

I can't find the drive listing for the drives connected on any controller besides the chipset which does 6 of my drives. Then the JMB363 does the other 4 of my drives two SATA and then the IDE ones. The JMB362 I have disabled since I do not use the esata in the rear or the oddly placed SATA on the board due to my GPU getting in the way (refer to the manual to see some pictures that show what SATA connections belong to each controller).

I don't have another IDE cable to test with and I don't think I will until the weekend at the soonest. As far as testing in another system, I have a system at work I tested it with as well and it only showed the same 26.9GB. This other system is windows 10 x64.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Sep 2015   #14

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I don't have an answer to your disk size issue but note that your disk 5 is dynamic. You generally want to stick to basic not dynamic. This tutorial may help converting it back to basic:
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2015   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Usually drive letters A: and B: are reserved for floppy drives. Can you try changing the drive letter to some other available drive letter like K, L, M, N and check?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2015   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

mjf, the worst with dynamic disks is that some popular free apps don't work with them.

Got 2 dynamic volumes (2x RAID-0, 4 disks total), no problems. I prefer to have basic disks otherwise though. I see I am running out of space though

250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB-disk-management-dynamic.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
BSOD -Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers
At start up I am getting the blue screen which says "remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers" I did take out the hard drive and connected it to another computer using a sata to usb cable, but the drive was not recognized so I put the hard drive back. Now when I am...
BSOD Help and Support
Newly installed programs not showing in hard drive
Hello all I'm having trouble finding installed programs in my hard drive after installation. For multiple programs, once I've installed them there isn't any folders/files visible anywhere in the directory they were supposedly installed (C:\Program Files (x86)\), or anywhere else on the...
IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.
Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size: The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's...
Hardware & Devices
Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive
I am new to this forum and have a question. I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn´t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer....
Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive
Hi beautiful people, Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33.
Twitter Facebook Google+