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Bought a 500gb hard disk only registers as 128Gb when in computer. how do I recover and format this oem drive?

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This would be a bios limitation. Formatting wont' fix the issue. Check your bios and see if it supports "lba" . Certain manufacturers offer "Drive overlay" which will allow you to use the space ..

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