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Installing a new hard drive

Hi ,
I just purchased a new WD 250 GB EIDE hard drive and installed it in my Dell Dimension 4550. My problem is it shows up as a 104 GB Hard drive. The computer shows it being installed as a 250 GB but when I check the properties of my hard drive it only shows up as 104 GB. Can anyone help me ?

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  • donnyboy204b Feb 23, 2008

    Hi,

    Sorry ....... I'm running Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2

  • donnyboy204b Feb 23, 2008

    Hi,

    Sorry ...... I'm running Windows XP Pro service pack 2

  • donnyboy204b Feb 23, 2008

    Well, I was running 2 hard drives on this system, a 120 GB and a 30 GB. I don't even remember how I had the jumpers set but it worked good for me. My 120 GB was my C drive and my 30 GB was my G drive. When I started my computer I was asked which hard drive I wanted to use and that worked well.

    I recently decided perhaps I could increase my speed, etc. by purchasing a new bigger hard drive so I purchased the Western Digital 250 GB. I was going to run the 250 GB as my master and the old 120 GB as my slave. None of the suggested jumper settings worked and it seemed no matter what I tried my computer wasn't recognizing (usually) EITHER hard drive. I used trial and error and nothing worked so I finally decided to just go with the single 250 GB. This works and it shows up in my system hardware as a 250 GB hard drive but when I go to ' my computer ' and check properties of my hard drive it shows up as a 104 GB hard drive (drive C).

    This setup works okay but I just can't understand why it just shows up as 104 GB. When I installed the operating system on the new hard drive it basically 'chose' the partition itself and made (I thought) to be a very large partition but it shows my partition and my hard drive space as 104 GB.

  • donnyboy204b Feb 23, 2008

    10 - 4 good buddy.

    Thanks for your assistance.

  • donnyboy204b Feb 29, 2008

    Hi,

    Sorry I'm so late getting back to you. I did a clean reinstall of windows XP Pro and now my hard drive is working as it is supposed to and it shows now as being a 250 GB 'C' drive.

    Thanks for your assistance.



    donnyboy204b

  • John  Savage
    John Savage May 11, 2010

    Is this a replacement drive or an additional (second) drive?

    Sorry should've asked this before.



    J

  • John  Savage
    John Savage May 11, 2010

    What's your operating system and service pack level?



    J

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XP SP 2 supposedly has no limitations on hard drive size so if you selected it to use the maximum available space during setup it "should" have picked up the entire drive. The only other thing I can think of is to make sure you are running the latest BIOS on your system, so you may want to check into that if you haven't already. I hate to say this but you may have to rerun the XP setup from your CD and make absolutely sure that the maximum partition size is selected and that it matches the size you expect it should.

Good luck and let me know how it goes. I'll continue to research and will let you know if I find anything of any help.

J

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