Archive for December, 2007

Hitachi 1 TB hard disk turning into 32 MB brick on Gigabyte motherboard

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

I am a pretty big user of hard disks, and have had all sorts of troubles with them. Normally I buy value for money kind of disks losing which is not big of a deal, but when you buy top of the line hard disk – Hitachi 1 TB worth £250, and then lose it, then it makes you angry! At least 3 out of 20 turned into bricks that BIOS thought to be 32 MB (or 33 MB) big! Apparently this is a bug in Gigabyte motherboard, but no fix for my BIOS (even mobo is recent), and Hitachi’s feature tool that supposedly can fix it was crashing. All was saved however by a great little utility for Restoring Factory Hard Drive Capacity, it is free and it worked! Even all data on disk was not damaged, so today ended up with a smile on my face :)

This is going to be the last Hitachi I bought I think, I said it couple of years ago when discovering click-o’-death in some of my disks, and only had to go for them this year because there was no choice at the time…