How can I free 'hidden' hard drive capacity?
I'm in the market for a new notebook hard drive. Replacing the old one is easy enough, but here's a thought: I've seen drives that offer 120GB and others that offer 160GB, yet both have one platter and two read/write heads. So, are they identical?
If they effectively are, can I buy the (cheaper) 120GB drive and access the 'missing' 40GB?
PS. I know these are unformatted capacities, but surely there has to be a way of accessing the 'hidden' capacity, no matter what it is.
Its possible that it was a 160, but the amount of bad sectors made it a 120, so at least they can sell something. I wouldn't try and get access as cost between the 2 is negligible.
But these guys are good and have some useful tools so maybe they can help?
For certain specific models manufacturers have been known to artificially restrict capacity via use of a host protected area. I had an excelstore 60GB drive which was actually 80GB. I don't think it's a very common practice though, most drives are only capable of holding their rated amount of data.