Thursday, February 5, 2009

Windows 2000 reporting incorrect drive capacity

At work I restored a disk image I had saved from a previous Windows 2000 install onto a Dell Optiplex GX260.  Except I saved the image from a 20GB drive, and restored it onto a 40GB drive.  (Disk images saved and restored using Partimage.)  After I restored the image, Windows showed the C: drive as having a capacity of 20GB, but I knew it was more than that.  Here's what I tried:

  1. Ran chkdsk C: /f  which needs to be done after a restart.  No change.

  2. Updated the BIOS, and checked the drive capacity there.  It reported the drive capacity correctly.  No joy.

  3. Opened a recovery console using the Windows 2000 install CD and ran fixmbr.  But even when the drive capacity was correct in the MBR, still Windows reported it as only a 20Gb drive...

  4. Ran GParted off System Rescue CD 1.1.4.  The partition showed as the correct size there.  However, I noticed GParted had a "Check and repair" option, which I ran on the primary partition.  This finally did the trick!

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