Hard Disk Size

  Newuser939 17:57 17 Jul 2006

My 80gb IDE hard disk recently failed and I have replaced it with a 160gb IDE hard disk. The BIOS correctly identifies the size of the disk, but Windows (XP Home SP2) thinks that the disk only has a capacity of 127gb. Is there a registry setting that I have to change to bring Windows into line or is it something else?

  ade.h 18:15 17 Jul 2006

Should be about 145 to 150GB, give or take. 127GB seems far to low. To answer your question; no, there isn't.

  Eric10 21:10 17 Jul 2006

I believe that this is a Microsoft imposed limitation of the FAT32 file system. If you don't mind starting again you could format the drive as NTFS during setup then the full drive will be used. Another alternative is to convert the drive to NTFS and use something like Partition Magic to extend the active partition to fill the drive. Yet another possibilty is to go into Drive Management and create a new partition in the unallocated space and use this as a second drive.

  ade.h 21:29 17 Jul 2006

click here Actually, the maximum disk size supported by FAT32 is 8TB (yes, TB!) while the maximum partition size is 32GB. So FAT32 is obviously not in use here.

  ed-0 21:29 17 Jul 2006

Put 48 bit LBA ( logical block addressing ) into google. click here

You will come up with the keys you need.:-)

  MAJ 21:30 17 Jul 2006

Or if it's a Maxtor drive you could use their "Big Drive Enabler" click here I'm sure other drive manufacturers have something similar.

  ed-0 21:31 17 Jul 2006

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