Both Hard drives show half capacity

  ThickMick 22:46 15 Sep 2010

Have Acer F5 with Vista Business Also have Acronis True Image 11

Just noticed both my hard drives show capacity as 79GB instead of 160MB. Reformatted D Drive but again only shows 79GB. In Disk management again both show 79GB. Not sure when they altered and wondered about disconnecting D Drive and re installing.

off to bed to sleep on it as well

  lotvic 22:53 15 Sep 2010

In Disk management do they show any 'unallocated' space on the harddrives?

  woodchip 22:59 15 Sep 2010

xp,vista,or 7

  DieSse 23:24 15 Sep 2010

"Reformatted D Drive but again only shows 79GB"

Reformatting a drive will not change it's capacity. Only repartitioning it will do that.

Do you really have two 160GB drives? The F5 only came with 1 drive "up to 160GB". Have you added another drive?

  lotvic 00:08 16 Sep 2010

I agree, Could be one 160Gb drive that has two partitions C and D
add them together and you get 158Gb which would be right for one 160Gb drive.

  ThickMick 09:10 16 Sep 2010

OK Vista Business as stated - added 2nd 160gb Drive a few years ago - Unallocated space is 1mb and 9mb
Details from Disk management

C - Excelstar ATA Disk 0 Loc 1 Channel 1 Target 1 LUN 0

D - WDC WD80 SCSI Bus no 0 Target ID 0 Lun 0

Both shown as working properly

Did reformat D and 74GB available


  lotvic 14:06 16 Sep 2010

Do they show as full size 160Gb drives in the BIOS?

  ThickMick 14:29 16 Sep 2010

In CMOS Set up they show 79/80 Is that the same as the BIOS?

Not sure how to get into BIOS otherwise. Have tried ctrl/alt/Esc but switches off computer.

  lotvic 15:58 16 Sep 2010

yes CMOS setup is BIOS. You go into BIOS before Windows loads.

and that would seem to be the problem, you need to get CMOS/BIOS to recognise them properly so that Disk management will then see them full size.

  DieSse 16:46 16 Sep 2010

According to what I read a Western Digital WD80 is an 80GB drive (as it's number implies).

Don't know about the Excelstar - can you give the model number please.

SIW (System Information for Windows) will give full details - a free download - just google for it.

  DieSse 16:47 16 Sep 2010

BTW 74GB is what an 80GB drive will show as.

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