new hard disk full size not recognized

  Jamesy 08:24 14 Jan 2003
  Jamesy 08:24 14 Jan 2003

I've recently purchased a 180GB IBM DeskStar hard disk and went about installing this as my main drive with XP Home. However, when I installed XP it only recognized the size as 130 gigs when it is actually 180.... I've since used IBM DiskManager to try and install it to it's full potential using that but it seems to only want to create a Fat 32 partition of the full capacity and not an NTFS like I wanted. Even then I'm not sure if it will work as I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

I know about this issue with motherboards that don't support 48-bit LBA addressing which is needed to recognize drives over 137 gigs but the last BIOS update for my mobo which I installed some time back supposedly fixed this issue. I'm using the Asus A7A266-E w/ ALi Magik chipset.

Any ideas?

  mark3110 08:50 14 Jan 2003

Where did you get the size info from?


  cherria 09:37 14 Jan 2003

are you sure its not a:

Deskstar 180GXP 120GB ATA 7200rpm

which if you use the 1000 bytes in a kb rather than the 1024 bytes in a kb that the disk makers use will give you about 130Gb reported by windows.

  Jamesy 12:04 14 Jan 2003

No, it's definitely a 180, actually 185, gig disk as it has it printed on it and it says so in the IBM Disk Manager program. However, using this for some reason I can't seem to format using NTFS and it remains to be seen if even though it is partitioning the full 185 gigs, the drive capacity will be fully recognised by windows.

  Jamesy 16:38 14 Jan 2003

... no idea anyone?

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