So my PC has a 1TB Western Digital hard drive, but the computer shows only 120GB of storage available, I’m new to computers and Im not sure what to do or if something is wrong. This PC was pre-built, it’s an Inspiron 5680 btw
Yes, I opened the PC and checked everywhere until I saw what looked like where the hard drives go, and sure enough, it was a 1TB WD hard drive I physically saw itAnd what tells you it is supposed to be a 1TB WD drive?
That looks like a 128GB drive.
Have you opened the case and eyeballed the drive in question?
Under Device Manager, Disk Drives, it shows "Liteon CV8-8e128-11 sata 128gb" but no 1TB HDSo...
Disk Management shows a single 128GB drive, probably an SSD.
Eyeball shows a single 1TB HDD.
A physical 128GB SSD you've not seen, and a possibly disconnected 1TB HDD.
From what I've seen, there are 2 cables connected to it, one that's a couple of wires grouped together which might be the power from what I've researched, and a blue cable.Could be a hidden M.2 perhaps.
Make sure the 1tb hdd is connected. It is not showing up in your system.
I thought i saw the 1tb drive but what i saw was a 1gb partition.
I plugged them back in, even applied a small amount of pressure to them to make sure. On a related or unrelated matter I also saw a red and black cable not connected to anything, it’s just dangling and it says “P4” on where it should connect to something.Unplug both cables and plug them back in. Make sure the smaller data cable feels like it clicks into place.
There should be the other end of the data cable that plugges into your motherboard. Take that out and put it back in.
Could be a dead drive too.
I tried taking a picture on my phone, importing it to the PC, and using the website someone mentioned but it didn't work. The connector of the red and blue cables look almost exact to the one connecting to the HDCan you take a picture of the connector?
Usually there are un used psu connectors.
red and black! im sorry my bad i meant to say the red and black cables look almost exactly to the blue one connecting to the HDI tried taking a picture on my phone, importing it to the PC, and using the website someone mentioned but it didn't work. The connector of the red and blue cables look almost exact to the one connecting to the HD
I'm really late but I wanted to give a quick update, it was the actual hard drive that wasn't working. I went ahead and bought a new one (Western Digital 1TB Blue) but I forgot to buy a SATA cable so I just decided to connect the one that was connected to the one in the HD that I was having issues with to test the cable and sure enough it worked. Formatted the HD and now it's up and running and I've even installed some games I've always wantedGood, your bios sees the drive at least.
Does disk management show it now?
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