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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

hddguru Low-Level-Format-Tool & more

Thank you very much, Dimitry!
Atola Technology Archive Restoring Factory Hard Drive Capacity
HDDGURU: Software: HDD diagnostics and recovery
This utility, on the bootable CD, will then examine your system, detect all 2.5/1.8 inch hard drives installed, and then check the firmware revision of the drive. If required, it will prompt you to run the appropriate firmware update program for your drive.
Utility for repairing HDD bad blocks, 0 sector, HDD bios settings
Restoring Factory Hard Drive Capacity to reduce hdd capacity 
Partition Find and Mount allows you to recover deleted partitions. What's special in this program is that it allows you to mount lost partitions right into the system, so the operating system sees that lost partition like a good one. This software also has the possibility to create and mount images of the entire hard drive or separate partitions.
HDD Capacity Restore Tool allows you to restore factory capacity of any hard drive. A complete capacity restore guide is supplied with the application. 
this tool can NOT recognise USB Mass Storage devices
pull out an old PATA hard drive, install windows XP32bit on it, install SP3 and hdd capacity restore.
This utility has nothing to do with partitions or images of anything. It only works with the hard drive as a physical device. You certainly cannot alter (restore) capacity of a hard disk that you use to boot the Operating System… If this is the case, then you would have to boot from some other hard drive (or attach this hard drive to another working PC as a secondary drive).
If you’re looking to restore capacity on a notebook drive and you don’t have a desktop available, you can use Hitachi’s Feature Tool, which must be copied onto a bootable CD/DVD. Google Hitachi Feature Tool and follow the instructions. Good luck!
Unfortunately, it will not see hard drives on Promise or any similar additional cards; this is “normal”.
Samsung HD103UI 1TB:

This freeware Low Level Format utility will erase, Low-Level Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive with any size of up to 281 474 976 710 655 bytes. Will work with USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures. Low-level formatting of Flash Cards is supported too. Low Level Format Tool will clear partitions, MBR, and every bit of user data. The program utilizes Ultra-DMA transfers when possibleFor use as portable application make sure that you put affhdd.sys into C:\Windows\System32
Also, the operating system has to be 32-bit only.

windows displays a yellow exclamation over dynamic disk in my diskmanagement. no partition. how can i get my data back?
Test the disk with ‘TestDisk’ and set the disk partition to primär and u get the data back
IBM/Hitachi Drive Feature Tool is a DOS-bootable tool for changing various ATA features. The Feature Tool allows you to control some of the features of IBM/Hitachi Deskstar and Travelstar high performance ATA hard disk drives and supports 48-bit addressing, so it will work with the new large capacity drives.
Seagate Technologies
The utilities of Seagate work for Western Digital hdd
System limitation: DiscWizard
older PCs may only recognize correctly drives under 32 GB.
Seagate has a piece of software that installs in the boot section of the drive and overrides the restrictive BIOS.
Seagate's capacity issues FAQ
Barracuda 5400.1 Installation Guide ST340015A and ST340015ACE ATA
And if the new ribbon does not fix it, then run the zero write program on that hdd a couple times.
SeaTools for DOS
Manual on how to do that

F. Set Capacity
Occasionally, a disc drive may be too large and its size needs to be reduced to a lower capacity. Similarly, a drive with a reduced capacity may need to be reset to its native maximum capacity. Three choices are available under this section:
S - Set 32GB Capacity. A common setting for older systems.
R - Reset to Drive Maximum. Full capacity is restored.
M - Set Manually. Allow you to set a specific size.
It's working! the SeaTools DOS program did the trick. I reset the drive and I now have full capacity.

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