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SATA harddrive

MessiahMessiah Failed Experiment
My comp wotn recognice the size of my sata harddrive, it works, but it looks like a 127gb hd when it is in fact twice as big..

Ive heard about people having problems with this before, advice?

Thanks :D


  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    A BIOS update might fix this... have you checked your manufacturer's website yet?
  • Random ChaosRandom Chaos Actually Carefully-selected Order in disguise
    What operating system, Messiah? If you're running Win95/98/ME/NT or pre SP-2 2000, you can't recognize a drive larger than that.

  • MessiahMessiah Failed Experiment
    Its Sp-4 2000. And I have updated the bios..
  • StingrayStingray Elite Ranger
    Check your HDD manufacturer, here's a page at Seagate's support website that talks about what you may be experiencing.

    [URL=]Seagate Issues[/URL]

    If you don't have a Seagate drive, perhaps your manufacturer has his own set of tools and/or workarounds.
  • David of MacDavid of Mac Elite Ranger Ca
    I had a similar problem with my G4, and I had to get an upgrade card [url=](this one)[/url] to get the full capacity of my new harddrive. Here's a relevant extract from their site.

    [quote][b][i]What size barrier?[/b][/i]

    ATA hard drives larger than 137GB need a controller that is compatible with 48-bit LBA addressing (which is what allows the OS to see the entire hard drive). Since there are no hard drives offered in capacities between 120GB and 160GB we believe that the barrier has been set at 120GB.

    [i][b]What happens if I put a large drive into a non-compatible machine?[/b][/i]

    The system will recognize the hard drive, but only 137GB of it...and you'll only be able to format that much.[/quote]
  • In BetweenIn Between The Ultimate Lurker
    Partitioning is as simple as C: D: E:

    Hey Messiah

    Try partitioning your hard drive into 120 Gig logical drives.


    This may help.
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