160GB hard drive shows up as 127GB, how can I fix it?

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kev269

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Hi,

Last year, I installed my 160GB hard drive, but right now it only appears as having 127GB capacity.

I know hard drives always show up as having less gigabytes capacity than it should, but this is a different problem because the exact bytes shows up as 137,427,943,424. My 160GB hard drive should show up as 159,435,345,231 or something similar as its exact bytes and then something like 148GB as total capacity, but its not showing up like this. I don't know what the problem is, but I remember asking a long time ago and someone said it had something to do with the file system.... I'm using NTFS.

Thanks for your help.
 
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Is your BIOS seeing the proper size? If not, updating your BIOS should resolve the issue. Even if your BIOS does see the right size, Windows needs at least Service Pack 1 to see a 160GB drive.
 

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Can you post some of the Specs of your system. Such as Mothrboard or MAnufacturer Model Number, Processor, OS (including Service Packs) Ram, Etc... The 127Gb sounds like a pre-SP1 Limitation in Windows. or a BIOS limitation of an older motherboard.
 
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Has it always been like this? Did you reinstall windows to make it show up as 127GB?

Before you upgrade the bios on the motherboard (becuase that has the possibility of killing your MOBO), look to see if your Windows installation disk came with Service Pack 2. Windows XP needs service pack 2 to be able to recognize a partition of over 127 GB. If that is not the case, then I would look into finding a flash upgrade for your bios.
 
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mattice06082 said:
Check out this MS knowledge base article.
That particular site is about Windows being able to use a HDD that is larger than 137 GB. I believe this is a different problem although they are very similar.
 
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