Question about PC Chips MB PCCHIPS M863G V5.1C w/XP2400+ Motherboard

1 Answer

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.

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • 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


    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?



  • 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).

    **.The best way to acknowledge contribution is to rate it's relevance.**



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 16 Answers

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
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:

hope this al least sheds a little light on the problem

Posted on Feb 07, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Just installed seagate barracuda 250gb 6gb internal hard drive with a gigabyte ga-945pl-s3 mother board and it will only recognise 130Gig! been through the bios but nothing stands out to say enable larger...

The maximum hard drive you can install depends upon the BIOS. You MAY BE able to install a larger hard drive if the BIOS upgrade will allow it. I suggest you go to the Gigagyte WEB site to check on this possibility.

May 19, 2011 | Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 (ST3250824A) 250...

1 Answer

This drive 250gb hitachi is not being recongnised by my computer.

maybe its in the bios settings that set to first boot was your external hdd,,,open bios settings and set first boot to harddisk drive,to boot your primary hdd so your external will be now detect

Feb 12, 2011 | Hitachi SimpleDrive Mini 250GB USB 20...

1 Answer

How can you connect a seagate 250gb external hdd to a ps3 120gb

i have just bought a seagate external 1tb hdd to store more stuff on but it wont connect to my ps3 slim 120g what can i do

Nov 16, 2010 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

2 Answers

Pc Chips M863G V1.5, install a HDD

From the manufacturer's web-site:

I downloaded the manual for the V1.5 motherboard, and there was no direct, no indirect, answer to your question.

So, you'll have to "experiment".

Jan 16, 2010 | PC Chips MB PCCHIPS M863G V5.1C w/XP2400+...

2 Answers

My hard drive is a wd2500jb and its only giving me 130 gb of space. How do i get the full 250 gb?

I assume the hard drive is installed inside the desktop computer.
Depending upon the age and make of the motherboard/BIOS, it may not support a hard drive as large as the 250Gb capacity. You maybe able to upgrade the BIOS version to allow it to access the full capacity of this hard drive. Go to the motherboard manufacturer's WEB site to download the latest BIOS firmware.

Sep 03, 2009 | Western Digital Caviar WD2500JB Special...

1 Answer

My 250GB HD250HJ SATA has stopped booting with my other 160gb seagate,i have xp sp3 with amd 4600+,while booting eindows diskcheck starts and finishes after about 1 hour,onnce done it just stays that...

It sounds like your hard drive is messed up. Don't worry you can have the data retrieved from your hard drive by using this online company that I highly recommend:

Aug 31, 2009 | Samsung 250GB HD250HJ SATA II 300 7200rpm...

1 Answer

Unable to detect 250GB Seagate hard disk on P4 PC

you need bios update

download bios express installation file

install first any 40 or 80 gb ide harddisk install windows and run express installation file
your motherboard will update your bios

download from


Oct 17, 2008 | Intel D845GLLY Motherboard

1 Answer

Sata drive not detected

just no other solution except upgrading BIOS properly

Sep 24, 2008 | Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 GB SATA Hard...

2 Answers

Upgrading to 2 GB Memory - only one DIMM recognized?

have you booted your computer into bios and see what it tells you there

Aug 19, 2008 | PC Chips MB PCCHIPS M863G V5.1C w/XP2400+...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

381 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top PC Chips Computers & Internet Experts


Level 3 Expert

781 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers

Jerry Umali

Level 3 Expert

979 Answers

Are you a PC Chips Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides