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Only 100gb of my 200gb hardrive are showing

I recently got a maxtor sata drive and it shows up in my bios and when i format but it only is reading as a 131070mb harddrive or 131.07GB thats farly close to half my HD not useable is there a way to get access to that other part or does windows xp only read in 100gb chunks?


im runnig windows xp sp2

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    ZUES_1 May 11, 2010

    Hi
    Did you get this drive new? if so please post the data that s written on the HD, I use Maxtor drives and I have 4 500gb drives and they show up as 500 minus the idiotic way that windows measures THE SIZE as it keeps part of the drive for data from windows and the recycle bin along with the drives specs etc. If this was a new drive and you are sure it's 200GB it says the size of the drive in GB on the label that is on the hard drive. Also in the bios do you have any settings for SATA drives? As if you are not using it as a raid system you should set the bios to use the SATA drives as EIDE, IDE mode, if using UP TO 4 SATA drives set them to master and use SATA Drive 1 =Local drive 0 or C, with win xp etc. as with the size you mentioned sounds like it's a 140-150 GB, or your bios can't handle large drives, what type of MOBO do you have, how old and have you updated the bios to a more recent version. Also install sp3 to fix other problems found in sp2. If you have another PC [newer] and it can use sata drives also, put it in that pc delete all partitions and set it to use the whole disk as one partition, also try format c: /u the switch U tells the format software to format the whole drive unconditionally. After deleting the partitions put it the other pc and start it up if you have windows use the DISK DRIVE management and initialize the drive and then format it, if it still shows the same size it could be a 140gb drive. But before anything else just post me the spec sheet on the HD. So I know what the animal is.
    HTH
    Zues



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Welcome to the wonderful world of windows disk size limitations.

What you are running into is the Windows 137GB Capacity Barrier AKA the 48-bit Logical Block Addressing Support for ATA (IDE), Serial ATA or ATAPI disc drives.

In English this means windows will only “acknowledge” between 127 and 137 Gig of a disk drive without some updates.

In most cases after he latest Service Packs are installed, any additional gigabytes will show up as unallocated space on the drive and you can create a second partition with the Windows disk management tools. Unfortunately this will mean that you have 2 partitions on the drive (if you placed your os on the drive or partitioned it before the updates were installed.).

If this is a secondary drive (in other words your OS is on a different disk drive), install all of the system updates first, you should then be able to format the entire drive as one partition.

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what problem, it is not shinny any more? LOL?
do say. please.
I am clueless, so far due to?
what system? PC, MAC,DVR,ext, TV, moon rocket.(LOL)
what OS?
using it as an internal drive, 2nd drive, or external.?
boot drive?


Seagate bought out MAXTOR.
that number must be a bar code, its not the product number
eg:
so tell me what it is.
as time passes, maxtor, fades to dark at SeaGate.
but this deep search nets, this, (hidden well)
http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/search/?keyword=maxtor

ive been using MAXTOR since day 1.

decodes for Maxtor :

Maxtor
xayb0

xa = drive family
- 6Y = DiamondMax(DM) Plus 9
- 6B = DM10
- 6L = DM10 RoHS compliant version
- 6H = DM11
- 7B = MaxLine(ML)III
- 7L = MLIII RoHS compliant
- 7H = ML Pro
- 4R = DM16
- 2F = Fireball 3
- 6E = DM Plus 8
- 5A = ML II
- 7Y = ML Plus II
y = the capacity of the disk, in gigabytes. Drives less than 100GB will have a leading zero (80GB is denoted as 080, etc)
b = buffer size and interface
- J = 2MB PATA with ball-bearing motor
- L = 2MB PATA with fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motor
- P = 8MB PATA
- R = 16MB PATA
- M = 8MB SATA
- S = 16MB SATA
- F = 16MB SATA 3gbps
All Maxtor SKUs have a zero at the end. It may have a value, but I'm not aware of one.

Example: A Maxtor drive with a model number of 6Y200P0 is a 200GB 7200RPM PATA drive with an 8MB buffer from the DiamondMax Plus 9 family.

now my generic answer: for all HDD. A+ training....(instructor)
1: i make sure it has +5v and 12vdc power, if not all is hopeless.
2: IF PATA/SATA , i listen to the drive case with my ear.
whirrrrrrrrrrrrrr, no whirrrrrrr ,? its DOA.
if it spins its good. if not its 100% DEAD, (RIP)
3: do the gyro test, (if it fights you, as you change it's direction, then it is spinning) Drive in HAND. (whole deal)
4: does BIOS see it? (MOBO BIOS) hot key hit. RTM on MOBO.
yes, good.
no , DEAD. try another power cord to drive or data cable.
try different data ports. on MOBO.
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6: if BIOS sees it ,so should WINDOWS. (may)
in the device manager.
and in disk manager. (off computer management CPL)
both. set the drive latter in the latter or it will be hidden.

keep in mind BIOS never tests a drive. it only asks it for
its NAME (PNP) PNP just identiifes the maker and type drive. and its spec. and 1 more tests. it shows the drive is NOT BUSY.
these facts ,help all techs, make good trouble shooting.

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