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Does anyone have any idea why my 250GB disk is showing as 127GB? Just to inform, I connected the HD thru SATA Power and SATA Cable. Placed it in the 6 slots that make a RAID Array I believe. It's on SATA 5 position.
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post #2 of 14
Make sure you have all the up to date SATA drivers and uptodate BIOS
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post #3 of 14
You are running XP SP1, you need to update to SP2 and then resize your drives to 250.

You can resize by using partition magic.
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post #4 of 14
Service pack 2 is required to have partitions over 137GB, do you have SP2?
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post #5 of 14
Yep, my 160gb drive only had 127gb detected too. Now I'm on SP2 I just formatted the other 30gb as a new partition through Windows.
    
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post #6 of 14
Yeah that sounds right. Upgrade to SP2 and then you can either format through Windows or get Partition Magic and do it through that program. Wither way you are still going to be missing "a few" GB that you thought you paid for.

The reason for this is largely because we are off on our decimal system slightly lol.
The basic unit of measure for a piece of information is a bit.
Eight of those bits makes a byte.
1024 bytes makes a Kilobyte or KB
1024 KB make one Megabyte or MB.
1024 MB make a Gigabyte or GB.

As you can see, we're not exactly on par with the decimal system where everything is in base 10. So when companies sell a hard drive, they put the "decimal" value of the space on the box, rather the computed value because it will sell better. Why would they put the computed value of 193 GB disk when the competitor sells a 200GB for the same price?
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post #7 of 14
If you still have SP1. Upgrade to SPI by going to Microsoft's Update site. Then right click "My Computer" and go to "Manage." Then on the left click "Disk Management." On the right, right click the drive and select "Format."
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post #8 of 14
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Okay, I shall try it.

EDIT: Okay, I can choose the Drive and format what is left of it, but I'd like to start anew with it. Is this anyhow possible?
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post #9 of 14
You can do that, but make sure to back up all data on it, as it will be lost when you reformat.
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post #10 of 14
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But how? It's not allowing me to format right there. I would want to do so, but the PC doesn't allow me to click the Format button, and if I format thru the Windows XP CD, I'll need to redownload SP2, which will render me unable to make the partitions I want.
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