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Seagate Barracuda 320GB reads as 120gb?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lwdarkwolf07, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. lwdarkwolf07

    lwdarkwolf07 Thread Starter

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    Okay, my BIOS reads my serial-ATA Seagate Barracude 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache as a 320GB HDD. But when I load windows and all, Windows reads it as a 120GB HDD. Now, losing that much space is dissapointing regarding I have a lot of movie and music on my computer. Any suggestions would be awsome. I just want my lost space back =(
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Give us a hint as to the version of Windows you have. XP? XP SP1 or SP2?
     
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    Any sugesstions, anyone? :confused:
     
  5. altq4321

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    Hey,
    From what i can gather, you simply have an unformatted partition on your disk.
    To see if your disk is ok and all partitions are detected by windows:
    go to START>SETTINGS>Control Pannel
    Click "Classic View" on the left sidebar and it will show all the icons under control pannel
    double click "Administrative Tools"
    then open "Computer Management"
    then on the left pannel u will have a tree-directory structure.. look for "Storage> Disk Management.
    Now on the right pannel you should be able to see all the partitions (formatted or otherwise).
    Simply right click the unformatted parition and select format. Let windows do its thing and then reboot once its complete.
    You should have access to the whole hdd.
    Holler if you encounter any problems of if this doesnt work

    --quickie
     
  6. Frank4d

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    A couple of questions. It this your main XP boot drive, or a secondary drive? And if it is your boot drive, was XP installed with SP2 included? Or later upgraded to SP2?
     
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    It would help if you posted a screenshot of disk management. To get to DM, start>run and type in "diskmgmt.msc" without quotes and hit enter. Also post your system specs.
     
  8. savio21

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    it happened to me too, but the problem was fixed when i got SP2 and then i used partition magic to partition the space, i would recommend getting partition magic and seeing if that detects the extra space and see if u can format it
     
  9. lwdarkwolf07

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    okay. First the screen shot.

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    And 2nd. System specs

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.8 GHz
    3 GBs of Corsair DDR2 800 MHz Ram 5-5-5-12
    2x NVidia GeForce 7900 GTX 512 MB
    Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache
    Nvidia NForce 590i AMD Edition
    Coolermaster Liquid Cooling
     
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    and to say, I cant right click and format the partition. It doesnt have the option
     
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