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250 GB HD but only getting 130 GB Capacity ??

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by LettuceChat, Jan 5, 2008.

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  1. LettuceChat

    LettuceChat Thread Starter

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    I tried searching for the answer to this in the forum but couldn't find anything about it which surprised me.

    I just installed a new 250 GB hard drive in an eMachine. When formating it for Win XP Home, it only shows 131062 MB. Emachine is a C2480 with AMD 2400+ processor.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
     
  2. jmw3

    jmw3 Malware Specialist

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    XP will only show maximum of 137GB until you install SP1 or 2, can't remember which one off hand.
     
  3. LettuceChat

    LettuceChat Thread Starter

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    I have up-dated to SP 2 and it still oinly shows 137 mb on my 250 mb hd. I checked for a bios up-date on the eMachines website but couldn't fine one ... thought that might be a necessary fix to see the full capacity of my HD.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  4. D-Rock

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    1. Backup your registry
    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Atapi\Parameters\
    3. Look at the key EnableBigLba and make sure the value is 1
    4. Change the value to 1 if needed.
    5. Reboot*******
     
  5. Triple6

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    If you've now installed SP2 then you can go to Disk Management and create a secondary partition from the unallocated space on the drive.

    Disk Management: http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm

    You shouldn't need to edit the registry once SP1 or SP2 is installed.
     
  6. FrankTheTank5421

    FrankTheTank5421

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    My problem was the mobo i had was so old it didn't support big hard drives... I bought a PCI controller card that supported booting and big hard drives and what not and my problem was solved.
     
  7. LettuceChat

    LettuceChat Thread Starter

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    Thanks especially TripleSix .... I used your disk management suggestion and retrieved 107 MB of HD space by making another primary drive.

    My computer didn't have that registry key mentioned by the other fellow so I was grateful for the easy fix via. disk management console.

    I made a primary drive and formated it but wonder about the difference between that and an "extended drive" which were the two choices in the disk management system?

    Thanks again!
     
  8. mclarenvj

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    i THINK an extended drive is a drive that IS split up, but is both listed under 1 Drive. (hope that makes sense...)
    e.g yu have 2 HDD, 1 primary 1 other. if the "1 other" drive is set as extended drive it would fuse (not literally) together to the primary to create 1 drive that is the 2 drives together.

    NOTE: This all just an Educated Guess, and am sorry if i am wrong :s
     
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