XP Setup wont see all of my new HDD

  Jimmyh 10:32 05 Mar 2006

Ive bought a new 250gb hdd, my bios has detected it fine and says 250gb, but when i run xp pro setup it only sees about 130gb, its the only drive in my pc and is set to master.

I tried having it on cable select but xp setup didnt even see the hdd drive at all.

How do i get xp setup to see the whole hdd.

It's an ata drive.


  remind 10:54 05 Mar 2006
  madPentium 10:58 05 Mar 2006

Have you deleted all existing partitions in xp setup and selected to create a new partition as the whole thing as ntfs? You can then select to format the whole thing using quick format.
There is no reason this shouldnt work, it sounds as though there is a 130gig partition existing on it already which you can remove.

  remind 10:59 05 Mar 2006
  remind 10:59 05 Mar 2006

xp is only seeing 137gb

  madPentium 11:00 05 Mar 2006

I assumed the xp cd you have is sp1 or sp2 included.

  madPentium 11:01 05 Mar 2006

install all of xp including sp1 then in disk management you should be able to add the extra space as a new partition, drive D or something.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:24 05 Mar 2006

Shows 137G not 160G or Higher
In Windows, click on Start->Run, enter "regedit".
# Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters registry subkey.
# From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
# Enter the name EnableBigLba, then press Enter.
# Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
# Close the registry editor.
# Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

  Miss Happy 11:30 05 Mar 2006

Is there anywhere other than in the bios you can check total amount of HDD with OS XP sp2?
I cannot find a backup drive on this laptop listed but can on other PC under 'my computer', I should have 60GB HDD but can only find 54GB max. under 'my computer'.

  Jimmyh 11:44 05 Mar 2006

Thanks for the replys, it's a brand new hdd, so there wont be any partitions on it, it'll be the problem with xp not being good enough with the install I have.

  remind 11:47 05 Mar 2006

ideally start your own thread, but the missing space is probably a hidden recovery partition on your drive in case your laptop ever needs a fresh start.

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