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16-04-2005, 06:26 PM
my "friend" has a computer with a 240 gig hard drive but only reads as a 120 through windows xp
bios recognises as a 240

is this a xp problem or can it be fixed and how ?
any help would be appreciated

16-04-2005, 06:32 PM
Does you friend have at least SP1 installed? If not, then install that or SP2 and it should be OK for recognising the over 128 gig mark drives.

16-04-2005, 06:55 PM
Damn didnt read the whole question :o

16-04-2005, 06:58 PM
There is a limit in some BIOSes that dont allow HDD's over 127 GBBut phylip's BIOS does recognise the full size of the drive. Limitation seems to be at the OS end.

16-04-2005, 07:01 PM
thanks but ive installed service pack 2 and still says 120 gig drive
any other suggestions
may have to reformat but how do i do that when their pc does not have a floppy drive?
help please

16-04-2005, 07:05 PM
Is the HDD partittioned for the whole thing
Goto Start -> Run and type diskmgmt.msc
Check to see if there is any free space that is not partitioned - and what the HDD is reported as there

16-04-2005, 07:06 PM
Did you install SP2 (or did it already have SP1) before you installed the 240 gig drive? Under Disk Management, does it only show a 127 gig partition with the balance as unallocated? Has this drive been formatted with a single, or several partitions? I take it is a slave drive or is it the primary master drive?

16-04-2005, 07:08 PM
reads as 127.99 gb ntfs, 104.89gb unallocated

16-04-2005, 07:09 PM
You have two choices:
Reformat or just use the HDD with 2 partitions

16-04-2005, 07:10 PM
reads as 127.99 gb ntfs, 104.89gb unallocated
Well then - it is 240. You just have one partition of 127gb and the rest hasn't been done.
127.99 +104.89 = 232.88 which is right.

16-04-2005, 07:13 PM
yes ill reformat but how do i do that when i cant boot to a floppy drive as it does not have one to boot to dos
any help once again please
sorry to be such a pain

16-04-2005, 07:14 PM
Is your Windows Xp CD an OEM Cd (ie. it came with the computer)?
If it is you can boot from that.

16-04-2005, 07:15 PM
No point reformatting unless you have a install CD with SP1 (or SP2) slipped streamed onto it, or you will just be right back where you are now. You need to have XP with SP1/SP1 already incorporated when installing for the whole drive to be detected.

If you have a non-destructive partitioner such as PartitionMagic then you can now stretch out your XP partition to its full size, otherwise just do what has been suggested and now create a partition and format the unallocated space using the Disk Management tool.

16-04-2005, 07:18 PM
As long as it is a recent(post 2001-2) OEM cd it will have SP1 (or SP2) slipstreamed onto it.

Speedy Gonzales
16-04-2005, 07:20 PM
Go to disk management as stated in the previous post, and highlight the unallocated 104 GB.

Then format it in NTFS. You'll have 2 partitions then.

16-04-2005, 07:30 PM
It sounds like you need to enable 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) support. Have a look at this page (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mosaddique/Working%20with%20Large%20Hard%20Drives.html) under "What if I have a hard drive which is greater than 137 GB?"

17-04-2005, 01:47 AM
thanks guys and gals for all your help i ended up merging the two drives and now his computer is going sweet im going to have to charge him for it though