Partitioning a160GB disk disk

  Dobie 17:40 06 Nov 2004


Just purchased a 160GB disk. Wondering how to configure it.
Running XP, there does not appear to be a function for making a rescue disk so i can partition the new disk.
The Millenium version of FDISK does not recognise the full 160GB.


Thanks in advance


  Philwane 17:46 06 Nov 2004

Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools,Computer Management,Disk Management select your HDD and Format from here.

  Dobie 17:48 06 Nov 2004


The drive is not yet partitioned, when i tried this, it is only seen as 32GB, not 160GB

  Dorsai 17:54 06 Nov 2004

might be due to your bios. Some older bios only 'see' drives up to this size. what make/model ia you New Hard disk, and you Board?

  Eric10 18:18 06 Nov 2004

You don't say what make your new hard drive is but if you go to the manufacturer's website they may have software to prepare your drive. Maxtor have "Maxblast 3", Western Digital have "Data Lifeguard", Seagate have "DiscWizard".

  bremner 18:20 06 Nov 2004

Also if you are trying to format it as FAT32 then XP will not format it above 32GB, to do so you will need Maxblast 3 for DOS

  dan 11 20:02 06 Nov 2004

Another common factor is that hard drives of that size are sometimes shipped with a 32gig limitation jumper on the back of the hard drive. Have you checked in the bios that it is registering as 160 gig or 32 gig. If it is 32 gig then look on the top of the hard drive for instructions to remove the jumper, if it has one.

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