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10-12-2008, 01:38 PM
Hi All

Brother-in Law has just installed a new 500gb HDD in a fairly newish (about a year) Comp. When install of XP is complete C: in `My computer` only shows as 131062mb. Am sure I have seen this problem before somewhere but can`t find it in the archives. Probably not got the wording right.
Can some-one put me straight on this prob?


10-12-2008, 01:41 PM
Have you got Windows XP SP2 installed?

10-12-2008, 01:42 PM
Check under disk management.

Control panel/administrative tools/computer management/disk management.

See if you can see the whole size there. It shoudl be less than 500B, probably about 475GB.

10-12-2008, 02:47 PM
You might need XP SP2. I think it adds 48bit LBA, to support hard drives larger than 128gb. You also might need to enable it in the bios (if needed)

10-12-2008, 07:25 PM
He installed the new drive, SP2 & SP3 here then took the computer home. Waiting to hear the results of the suggestions here.He will be monitoring this thread though he`s not a member as yet.
SP1 & SP2 were both installed from separate CDs`

Thanks for the help so far. Will advise how things pan out.