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My Hard Drive is 250 GB but I only see 137GB

I have a PC Chips M863G V3.0 Motherboard with a Seagate 250GB HDD.
I only see 137GB. Would a bios upgrade work or do I need a controller card. My bios is dated 4/13/05.

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  • Anonymous Feb 03, 2009

    This is Kuryla again. The system is XP Pro. When I checked the drive is showed 128GB allocated and 104.89 unallocated. Yes I can wipe the drive. When I installed XP it is the version before Service Pack 1. I updated it to Service Pack 3.

  • Sickman80 Mar 17, 2009

    Bri,

    I have an eMachines M6811 Laptop purchased in 2004 sometime. Replaced the stock 80 GB Hard Drive with a 250 GB Hard Drive.

    My reload CD is Windows XP w/Service Pack 1. It also shows 137 GB, not the full 250. Everybody says SP1 fixes it, but mine is the same, is it maybe in fact SP2 that fixes it? Or is there something I can do to get the computer to recognize all 250GB since I have XP w/SP1?

    Thanks,

    Adam

  • Dot Ball
    Dot Ball May 11, 2010

    Kuryla, I don't have an answer for you straight away, but lets work through a few options until one comes up.

    Is your harddrive (HDD) new?

    If not, were you getting the full 250GB previously.

    If it is new, did you check the jumper settings on the back end (where the cables plug in) that the drive is not limited (you do not want limited).

    While the HDD is plugged into your computer and the computer is on, go to your "My Computer" icon (either in the Start menu or on your desktop) and Right Click on it, go down to Manage and once that has come up go to Disk Management and click on it once to display the information in the right pane of the window.

    Here it will tell you the size of the drive and how it's being used.

    Let's leave the top section for now and look at the results for 'Disk 1' 'Disk 2' 'Disk 3' etc, - where is this 250GB drive located, is it the only drive in your system, is it C (system) drive or a second (D) drive??

    Assuming it's C: drive, the position will be 'Disk 0' and next to that will say how the drive is being used, sections broken up into 'System' or 'Partion' or 'unknown partition' etc.

    Please post these results and we'll see if that gives us any clues.

    Are you in a position to wipe the drive - do you have it backed up?

    What system you using, XP, Vista, Win2000, Win98????

    (some may laugh, but I know lots of Win98 machines still doing there job well).



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Windows xp has a max Hard drive limit of 137GB, so what you see is totally right.
Windows XP did not support 48-bit LBA for ATAPI disk drives, which is what larger drives needs.
The service packs do address the problem but you need to have a copy of windows xp which includes at least service pack 1 on the installation.
The problem is when you install from your original disk, it doesn't include the service packs, so by the time you have got the system up and running the hard disk space has already been allocated.

Bios update wont help
controller card won't help either

Possible solutions:
If you can get hold of a new version of XP which includes at least service pack 1, you can re-install with this disk and it should find all your hard disk space
or
You can do what is called 'slipstreaming', this is when you burn the original XP disk and the service packs together on one disk, but it does take a bit of working out.

here are a few links which may help you more:

http://lifehacker.com/386526/slipstream-service-pack-3-into-your-windows-xp-installation-cd


http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013


hope this al least sheds a little light on the problem
Bri

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