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New Hard Disk where are the bits

Ashforim

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Apr 17, 2008
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#1
I had a hard disk failure, no problem its an oldish machine, so I thought put a 250G hard drive in, which is what the bios tells me I have, however when installing Windows XP it says its only 131gb, so where has the other space gone?

Any clues on how to get it back or find it would be welcome.
 

maynardvdm

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#2
Hi Ashforim

Welcome to Free PC Help

Did you format the disk with the NTFS file system?

Right-click my computer and select manage. Click on disk management. What does it show there?
 
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Wolfeymole

#3
Hello Ash

Welcome to Free PC Help

It sounds like you formatted the drive using FAT32, either reformat it to NTFS or convert it to NTFS.
Personally if you have no important data on it I'd reformat it.
 

Seth

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#4
XP Sevice Pack 1 can't recognize hard drive space beyond 137 GB. You need to install Service Pack 2.
 

Seth

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#5
...also, some older system boards may not support that large of a drive. In such a case a bios (main board program) may resolve the issue.
 
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Wolfeymole

#6
...also, some older system boards may not support that large of a drive. In such a case a bios (main board program) may resolve the issue.
What???

If your talking about flashing the bios to update it Seth then say so my precious one. :D
 

Seth

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#7
A flash rewrites the whole bios and is different than a bios upgrade. The upgrade is much less precarious than a full flash.

The bios upgrade or flash can be simple or complex depending on the bios manufacturer.

Stupid bios. I'm going in my backyard to look at the trees and birds:D.