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leavitt121
2003-09-30T17:23:52Z
Hey guys! I've got a problem. I just put together my first system:

P4 1.8a w/ Spark 7
Biostar U8598
Micron Pc2100 (512mb)
Maxtor DiamondMax 9 160GB
Powercolor 9600 Pro
420w Thermaltake Purepower
Liteon 16x DVD
Liteon 52x32x52
XP Home Sp1

Everything went as smooth as could be expected for a first timer. Everything installed and Windows is updated. My bios reads the drive as 163gb. Norton reads 154gb. Windows reads 127gb. I think the difference between the bios and Norton is the way to count a gb, the whole 1000/1024 thing. What I don't understand is why windows is listing so much less. The mobo is ata133 compatible and I have updated windows, so what? Any possible solutions would greatly be appreciated.
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Laggerzero
2003-09-30T17:30:31Z
One thing I can think of, try going into the device manager and see if it recognizes the drive with the correct model and size. compare that with norton and your bios. Do you have the latest version of your BIOS?
bob_on_the_cob
2003-09-30T17:36:44Z
mine reads as 37.27GB but i dont have much on here about 3 games and 20 songs
leavitt121
2003-09-30T17:42:06Z
The device manager lists the correct model and lists the same volume as Norton under capacity. But it also lists about what I'm missing under allocated. What is that?
Laggerzero
2003-09-30T17:45:15Z
If you are running xp I know an easy way to check if you are using your full disk, goto the contron pannel and then go into administrative tools. From there go into computer management and click on diskmanagement under storage. If your partitition is using up the entire drive, it will display as a dark blue bar and the size will match the capacity windows notes.
bob_on_the_cob
2003-09-30T17:51:05Z
oh it might be the backup thing that windows uses it usually takes a small % but your small % is almost my whole drive
leavitt121
2003-09-30T18:01:59Z
Its telling me I have 127.99 gb "healthy" and 24.67 unallocated. What does unallocated mean?

My system restore is set at its max, 12+GB.
Laggerzero
2003-09-30T18:07:08Z
The good news it that there is nothing wrong with your drive. The bad news is that that windows didn't use all of the diskspace on the install. I'm not quit sure how to resize a partition using the default program that windows uses. there is a program called partition magic that will resize a partition
leavitt121
2003-09-30T18:12:12Z
Do you think its because I only had an XP disc without Sp1 on install and applied SP1 after install?
Laggerzero
2003-09-30T18:29:27Z
that shouldn't have to do anything with it. try resizing the partition using the diskmanagement. you should be able to do it. If all else fails. try a format and make sure it uses all the space on the drive.
bob_on_the_cob
2003-09-30T18:32:56Z
man i could only dream of that much harddrive space
leavitt121
2003-09-30T18:47:14Z
I right clicked on the unallocated section and chose format. That simple. Now I know and I'll never have to ask again! Thanks Guy!!

ANd the drive was only $100 after rebates!
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2003-09-30T19:21:45Z
try looking for "maxblast3" utility on maxtor.com if u have any further woes in the future
Laggerzero
2003-09-30T23:08:53Z
Quote:

Originally posted by bob_on_the_cob
man i could only dream of that much harddrive space


Don't feel bad, I only have 100 Gb more than you

j/k


your upgrading soon though right?
ToHellWithUGA
2003-09-30T23:49:30Z
So, was this a case of the 28 bit ATA interface limit (approx 137 GB), or did you have the drive on a pci adapter card? I think you can use all 160GB of the disk with a Windows patch/upgrade to make it recognize the rest of the drive, but I've read it's buggy.

The first time I put my WD 160GB drive in, it was recognized the same way (undersized by 20 or 30 GB). The bios recognized all 160GB of the disk and I formatted it that way, but in win xp it only showed up as 127 or 137 GB or so. But after I put it on the pci card, it showed up correctly.