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Author: Dmitry Postrigan 531 Comments This article is a complete guide on recovering your hard drive’s factory capacity.At the end of this article there is a link to our program that recovers factory capacity of any hard drive. There are ways to get around this problem, but since these Operating Systems are rather rare nowadays, I do not see the point of writing about them.This tool allowed me to reset the drive to its full capacity, sans DDO. I have a 160GB drive that was previously full of all my data, but is now appearing unformatted to windows XP SP2, and as 33GB to the BIOS.One side note: The tool requires that the drive you’re resetting be on its own IDE channel. Capacity limit jumpers aren’t set on the drive, and some recovery software has been able to find the 149GB [formatted capacity of the drive] partition, but not restore it (it can’t restore 149GB of data into 33GB of space) Will this tool restore the drive to full capacity without damaging the existing data on the drive? My previously useless hard drive [mysteriously reporting to windows as 33GB unformatted instead of 160GB 80% full of stuff] has been resuscitated in two clicks by this program.I strongly recommend to re-power your computer before running this tool.That means, completely power off your computer; then power on, start Windows and run the tool.In other words it was not reliable enough durning tests at more that the 200gig size. Also i have tried this type of restoration before using ghost, and found the drive to become very unstable in saving data. You may try to find a software that does SCSI formatting or use your SCSI card BIOS to format the drive. I was removing the evil Dynamic Drive Overlay from a 120 GB IDE drive by zero-ing out the first sectors of the hard drive.Especially getting windows delayed write errors the higher up the drive as you fill it. That seemed to get rid of DDO, yet the BIOS still said the drive was only ~32 GB.

They will use their own DCO tools to lock capacity to 40GB.

MHDD can also access DCO (Device Configuration Overlay), and that allows you to not only change hard drive’s capacity, but also switch some hard drive functions, such as LBA48 support, Security commands support and others.

Some manufacturers (for example, Dell and HP) use DCO to reduce capacity for marketing needs.

I’ve been using it, but am heading into a large editing job, and while I could just go buy a big drive I hate wasting the left over part.

Thing is that my OS is on this drive, and using your tool it says I must disconnect this from computer. Hello Jon, You would have to attach this hard drive to a computer that already has a hard drive to boot from.

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