How come my new hard drive only shows up as 80GB instead of 500GB?

by on August 8, 2010

Q: I am trying to upgrade my hard drive in a laptop. My new drive is 500 GB and my installed drive is 80GB. For some reason, after I tried to clone my drive, my new drive will only show 80GB. I then tried to delete the partition and start over and now my new drive will only show 80GB. How do I get the new drive back to its original 500 GB?


One Response to “How come my new hard drive only shows up as 80GB instead of 500GB?”
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    After you clone the drive, you’ll need to resize the partition. If the software you are using to clone doesn’t have any options you to partition resizing you can use something like GParted or Partition Magic.