WD3200JS misreporting capacity


#1

Here is a 320 Gig HD when checking properties it reports the size of the drive as having a capacity of 10,421,395,456 bytes or 9.70 GB.

How is this possible???  I have done done a chkdsk on this drive and it reports the same.  What happened to the lost 310 GB???

What is wrong with WD drives???


#2

Hi there, did you first check if the drive has 320GB on your BIOS? If it does then there’s something wrong with the computer elsewhere, if it does not then it is a bad drive…


#3

First thing I checked was the bios.  It properly identified the drive.  

I next replaced the drive with another of mine and everything was fine.  So I concluded the WD3200js drive was no longer functioning properly.  I searched the WD site for any kind of software that might be able to straighten out this drive, to no avail.

I just have bad luck with WD drives… I purchased 2 500GB drives a couple years ago and no sooner than 4 months one of the two failed.  Of course I lost the receipt so I ate the cost of the drive.

I am very disappointed with the failure rate of these drives.  And no obvious diagnostic tools available… hmmmmmm.


#4

Go into Disk Management and check whether you have any unallocated space. CHKDSK verifies the file system in a particular logical volume (partition). It does not test the entire physical drive.