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I have a Toshiba MK1655GSX hard drive, a 2.5" 160GB hard drive. It came out of a PS3 that YLOD'ed for the last time. I installed it into the second drive bay of my laptop, I was going to use it to store some video to watch when I'm on the road.

However after I formatted it, it is showing only 120GB?? If I calculated correctly, a 160GB drive should be reading almost 150GB actual capacity in Windows but I'm reading 111GB instead which would be 120GB hard drive.

I checked the BIOS, there is no setting for any of the drive other than boot order. No manual checking, no manual entry, nothing. The primary hard drive is 500GB and shows as 465GB in Windows so it's not the BIOS issue.

Either Sony locked the hard drive to be 120GB or I am missing something. Any idea? Laptop is HP 6b55dx and is about 2 years old.
    
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No one has any idea? I don't want to run into problem if I move the hard drive to another computer and it shows as 160GB unformatted. I had that problem many years ago before BIOS auto detect feature was available. A missing number caused the hard drive to be off and wouldn't work when I transferred to another computer until I changed the BIOS to manual C/H/S setting that matched the original.
    
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    Check in Disk Management (press [Win] + [R], type "diskmgmt.msc" and press [Enter]) and make sure that the drive is partitioned from beginning to end with one partition.  A 160 GB drive should be listed as 149 GB due to incredibly foolish Windows programmers (nothing adds up when dividing sizes by 1024 multiple times).

    Here's what a 160 GB disk looks like on a system I've got here:



    I'm hoping that the issue is a partially un-allocated drive; in that case it would be a simple matter of re-partitioning. thumb.gif
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Windows is positive this is 120GB hard drive. But the model number says it is 160GB. As I mentioned, there isn't anything in BIOS about setting the drive size. Any other idea?
    
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Originally Posted by wilykat View Post

Windows is positive this is 120GB hard drive. But the model number says it is 160GB. As I mentioned, there isn't anything in BIOS about setting the drive size. Any other idea?

Try deleting all partitions and formatting the drive in Linux?
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I don't have linux installed but I did try different computers. 2 of them auto detected the correct model but showed it as 120gb.

Since it's detected as 120GB at BIOS level, I think something's up with the hard drive.
    
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You may have to reflash the firmware on the drive. Sony may have a modified firmware on it. Or a more powerful lower level formatting tool.
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