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Ok, I thought I had seen something on this topic a few weeks ago, but I did a search and it didn't find anything.......



I am ALMOST done with my recent system build (listed in my specs), it's been a long road as I am kinda new to SATA and the board is not friendly to PATA.

Anyway, my point...


I have a 300GB Seagate SATA HD, my goal is to partition is into an 80GB section for my OS, and leave the other 220GB for primary storage. I want to keep my OS seperate so I can avoid data loss if, I mean, when Windows dies or needs to be wiped.

During install, I went to create the partitions and noticed that it wasn't reading the proper size.....it was saying I had only 131,XXX MBs on the drive. I created the 80GB partition and then partitioned the rest figuring maybe that was just the way it displayed and I could format that partion fully in windows........

Is that correct, do I just right click on that partition and tell it to format it for it to see all the storage area? It still reads the partition as only 48.5 GB, but I figured I would ask before formating it just in case.

If that's not correct, how do I get it to see all the data?

Right now, this is the only HD I have connected (I'll be adding 2 old PATA drives for more storage later) and it is connected to the red #1 SATA connector on the motherboard, it was detected correctly and everything.


Thanks guys,
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Get a copy of Partition Magic 8 -- it'll let you see where the space is going. If you have unused space you can move your partitions around and add more to where you want it.
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Did you install Windows SP1 and SP2?
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Did you install Windows SP1 and SP2?

Yup, sure did. Still only shows as almost 50GBs extra in the partition.



I'll install the free trial of that program tomorrow Ty, hopefully it will fix it.
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Yup, sure did. Still only shows as almost 50GBs extra in the partition.



I'll install the free trial of that program tomorrow Ty, hopefully it will fix it.

The trial is very limited in features, if I remember correctly. If the trial doesn't work out, PM me, and I may be able to help you.
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Check to see if your BIOS supports drive spave above 137G ... BIOS pre September 02 can not support over 137G.
    
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The board came with the newest BIOS loaded, 0606, just got it a couple weeks ago.


Ok, I tried Partition Magic, and it appears that it is fully capable of fixing this issue....................but not with the trial version.

LOL

It lets me select the additional space and roll it into my 2nd partition, but when I tell it to execute, it says I have to buy the program to do it.


I can't afford that right now, I have to buy a new heatsink since the stock 920 one is such garbage. If there's no free way to do it, I'll have to limp along with my old 120GB PATA as storage until I can afford it.
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