Samsung HD103UJ 1TB HDD - FAIL!

By Michael Marneros, in , posted: 14-Oct-2008 18:21

OK, I wrote a really big blog here, and then when hunting for the page which fixed my problem I accidentally loaded over my blog page *smacks forehead with brick* Soooooooo..  Here is abbreviated version.

Got new 1TB HDD Samsung HD103UJ infact *surprise surprise*

Copied loads of crap onto it, was happy and removed old HDD's

After restarting, only 32MB was available,  Yes 32MB!!!

OK, after much contemplation & other techniques to try and get my data back (yes I deleted my old stuff, silly me)  I finally found this website which had all the answers!

http://blog.atola.com/restoring-factory-hard-drive-capacity/

I used the tool called HDD Capacity Restore Tool which actually DID solve all my problems.
Although im certain the drive themselves are hugely at fault after reading many a review from here.

Tuck this little beauty away for that rainy day when you experience what I have and what the author Dmitri categorises as Magic Involved HDD issues.


Yeap, shoulda gone with that Western Digital drive instead.  DOH!

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Comment by mark, on 15-Oct-2008 18:36

mine was fine, popped it in, formatted, started copying... :3 had it for a few months now i want one of those 1.5tb ones


Author's note by kinsten, on 16-Oct-2008 09:01

Yea, after some consideration I have decided to keep it.  Seeing as I have got it working again.  And I like the bigger cache idea.


Comment by Dan Tidswell, on 20-May-2009 22:41

Hey man thanks for the head's up. I found your post on Google and it lead me to the same solution with my 1TB Samsung drive.


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Michael Marneros
New Zealand


What do I do?
I work for a Software Development company teaching people how to use our amazingly simple & yet complex software.  I also test the software for bugs, and help come up with ideas for improving our software for our customers.

What do I do when i'm not working?
Usually at home enjoying my wife's company or enjoying time with friends, & playing games or watching tv/movies. I love most kinds of movies.

Interests?
I love computer games and music. I have taught myself Piano, and created my own style and sorta tinker from there. Compose my own music & currently working on some Electronica projects. You can download and listen to some of my works for free from here.  Or check out my soundcloud here.

Computers?
Yes, they are terrible inventions, sent to make peoples lives supposedly easier. So far I get enjoyment out of the ease of communication (I hate hand writing letters) & how close it has made the world. Constantly called upon by friends to help with somewhat simple tasks (removing viruses, installing applications, hiding the material they want hidden from their partners).

Web design & Hosting:
I dabble in web design, getting the occasional contract via friends or through word of mouth.  Here are some of my projects. 


Trott's Garden - Internationally recognised garden design, Alan & Catherine Trott are my first customers

Container Waste - Recent project presented to me by their graphic designer

The Cheshire Cats Grin - My wife was diagnosed with cancer & she REALLY needed an outlet.  So I setup this wordpress blog to express herself.  We also decided to trial those Penguin Cold Caps to help prevent her from losing hair during the Chemo.

Darjon Vineyard - A venue for weddings or events.