160gb hard drive

  dazzlet2004 16:58 21 Dec 2004

hi i have got a 160GB hard drive in my pc, i use the drive as a master, the only thing is it is only registering as a 127GB. i am using windows xp pro operating system and i didnt think there would be a problem with the size of the hard drive. could any one please tell me why this is and how i could solve the problem thanks daz

  Gongoozler 17:06 21 Dec 2004

I think your hard drive needs to be formatted in NTFS. You also need at least SP1 of Windows XP.

  dazzlet2004 17:14 21 Dec 2004

i have got sp1 and sp2 installed on my windows o/s and the drive is in ntfs format and also it has been converted to dynamic disc

  Gongoozler 17:18 21 Dec 2004

Does your motherboard and BIOS support 48 Bit LBA mode working?

  dazzlet2004 17:48 21 Dec 2004

yeah my mother board supports the full capacity of the hard drive and in cmos it shows the drive as a 160GB hard disk

  Jeffers22 17:56 21 Dec 2004

Get hold of ranish partition manager at click here (it's free) and see if you can expand the partition into the free space. Just make sure you have your data backed up. If you have Partition Magic (Powerquest/Symantec) I would be happier, but it's not free.

  holly polly 18:21 21 Dec 2004

(start > run > regedit <enter>) and go to the following folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters
there add a new key named
"EnableBigLba" , type: "REG_DWORD" and "value 1" (excluding the quotes ("))
now restart and your windows will see the true size

regards-hol pol...

  dazzlet2004 18:44 21 Dec 2004

how do i add a new key it creates a new folder each time i try and add a new key thanks

  jack 19:42 21 Dec 2004

Divide 160000 by 1024
the answer is the actual size of the drive.
This question has been asked so many times before.
When a HDD is described or sold as 40/80/160 Gb or
any other size a megabyte is seen as 1000 bytes
when in fact it is 1024 bytes.

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