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Hard Drive only registering 500GB after 750GB upgrade


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Hello,

I have successfully Cloned and Upgraded my 500GB hard drive to a 750GB hard drive and everything works beautifully except.....

The new 750GB drive is registering only 500GB.

The copy was made on a Diskjockey Pro we already had at work.
The computer is a Macbook Pro 17" A1212, OS X10.6.6

This is my first post I have looked but cannot find a solution to my problem, I apologise in advance if you immediately point me to a previously posted solution.

Kind regards, Andrew.
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Open up Disk Utility - inside Applications / Utilities


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Hello, thank you for your help,

The graphic display of volume scheme has no separate sections as in your does for a windows partition but it does have 30% of the box coloured grey at the bottom, to top 60% is blue
Disk Description : Hitachi HTS547575A9E384
Total Capacity : 750.16 GB (750,156,374,016 Bytes)

I hope this can help.

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If you have not used BootCamp to partition the drive - boot the machine from your OS X disc. Go into Utilities - Disk Utility and drag the partition down to fill the whole drive - then click Apply.

This is a pretty safe operation, but please back it up first.



That's the problem with restoring from most image files. They will only restore to an identically sized partition.

If that partition was created with BootCamp - do not do the above - use BootCamp to restore it to a single partition.

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OK Bobtomay,

I will be off now searching for disks, if I have recently upgraded by OS to snow leopard can I use those disks to boot the machine?

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Yep, that's what I'd use. When you boot, I think it's right after you select the language, you'll see the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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Dear Bobtomay,

thank you for all your help it may be a few days but I will let you know how it went.

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Err...
Did the operation.
Dragged the bar down all the way to 749.98GB,
hit Apply,
got the message 'partition will be resized' - choice was cancel or partition,
hit partition.
And got an Error Message:
Partition Failed: Mediakit reports partition (map) too small.

What do you think I should do next?

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If it were me, I'd back up the drive with SuperDuper! or CarbonCopy Cloner - erase and repartition the drive as a single partition and then restore from the backup. Could also do a Time Machine backup.

You could try this fix - link. I personally, definitely, wouldn't be doing this one without a backup.

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Yep. Your Partition table is munged. Do as bobtomay indicated and you should be OK.
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