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Nixxon 
9/7/08 11:34:53 PM
Primarch

N00b Question Alert.

I have a 300gig (possibly 350gig) Sata HDD Installed, it's well over a year old.

Windows has always displayed available space as 180gig. The reason I've taken so long to be bothered to do anything about it is because I've recently installed vista and found I'm near out of space... (and would really love to free up that extra 100gig +).

What would be the possible cause of this? 1 week ago I installed my new system (mobo/cpu/ram/gpu etc.) New OS and it's still displaying 180gig.

Any thoughts?

Many many thanks :)

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linke 
10/7/08 11:36:19 AM
Guru

Is it only partitioned for 180GB?

If you look in Disk Manager how big is the partition?

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Nixxon 
10/7/08 2:50:16 PM
Primarch

it says the total size is being used. Funnily enough the bios reports 200GIG.... maybe it IS 200g.

:S

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Jeruselem 
10/7/08 3:00:20 PM
Champion

OK. 200Gb is really about 187 real GB ... sounds right.

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pwarren 
10/7/08 3:53:01 PM
Overlord

I had similar problems with a WD disk, bought it as a 320 GB drive, which is what the label says, but every operating system and BIOS combination that I have sees it as only 137 GB.

Never solved that problem, but don't need the space so I haven't bothered RMA'ing it.

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Jeruselem 
10/7/08 4:02:26 PM
Champion

Quote by pwarren
I had similar problems with a WD disk, bought it as a 320 GB drive, which is what the label says, but every operating system and BIOS combination that I have sees it as only 137 GB.

Never solved that problem, but don't need the space so I haven't bothered RMA'ing it.



Oh, that's the old 137GB limit on the install CD ... fixed in SP2.

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pwarren 
10/7/08 4:50:56 PM
Overlord

Quote by Jeruselem
Quote by pwarren
I had similar problems with a WD disk, bought it as a 320 GB drive, which is what the label says, but every operating system and BIOS combination that I have sees it as only 137 GB.

Never solved that problem, but don't need the space so I haven't bothered RMA'ing it.



Oh, that's the old 137GB limit on the install CD ... fixed in SP2.



That's what I thought at first also, but it appears at that size on ubuntu 64 and 32 bit, and windows XP sp2 32bit and in the BIOS.

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Jeruselem 
10/7/08 5:33:33 PM
Champion

Quote by pwarren
Quote by Jeruselem
Quote by pwarren
I had similar problems with a WD disk, bought it as a 320 GB drive, which is what the label says, but every operating system and BIOS combination that I have sees it as only 137 GB.

Never solved that problem, but don't need the space so I haven't bothered RMA'ing it.



Oh, that's the old 137GB limit on the install CD ... fixed in SP2.



That's what I thought at first also, but it appears at that size on ubuntu 64 and 32 bit, and windows XP sp2 32bit and in the BIOS.



Oh, BIOS then.

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aliali 
10/7/08 11:32:11 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


Quote by Jeruselem

Oh, BIOS then.


Yep Bios limit is the problem there. Two ways to fix it. Check for an updated bios that may remove the 137Gb barrier or fit a PCI IDE or Sata card (depending on drive interface) that has large drive support.

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pwarren 
11/7/08 3:15:15 PM
Overlord

blerk, should have created my own thread, sorry to Hijack.

it appears at that size in the 3 different motherboards I have around the house, a gigabyt x48-dq6, an gigabyte k8nf-9 and an asus Athlon XP board.

It's also is a SATA drive.

Like I said, I'm not overly worried, as it's used for my wife's PC which has winXP and WoW installed, and thats about it.

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eckythump 
11/7/08 4:17:24 PM
Overlord

How strange.

If it's doing that on a variety of boards, especially on a new board like the x38-dq6 then it's obviously the drvie.

I think you'll find that if you take a look, there'll be a jumper on it that's setting the drive to a maximum of 128GB.

(FYI. 137 fuckhead marketing dept. GB = 128 real GB.)

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Meeko 
26/7/08 8:48:14 PM
Titan

What is the point of that jumper, ecky? Why would anybody want their 320 GB drive to have a maximum of 128 GB?

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aliali 
26/7/08 9:20:57 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


Quote by Meeko
What is the point of that jumper, ecky? Why would anybody want their 320 GB drive to have a maximum of 128 GB?


Because some BIOS s will not even recognise a hard drive bigger than 127Gb, by using the jumper it changes how the drive is recognised by the BIOS thus allowing the drive to be recognised.
The Samsung IDe drives have a 32GB limit jumper for the same reason (yes even on the 400Gb ide hard drives).

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