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Hard drive formats too small?

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Just got a new pc with two SATA11 HDD's (samsung) one 80 the other 250
Installed XP Pro but the 250 is coming up as a 130?

How can I get it to see the correct drive size?

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Well two things..... First you have to have a computer that supports large hard drives.. Can you get into the setup ( also called bios/cmos ) ? Usually this entails hitting either the del key or the f2 key or some other key or combination of keys.... you want to go into setup and check under standard settings what your hard drives are being seen as. The other thing your OS ( windows xp ) has to support the large drive..... I think with xp that means you need at least sp1 but it might not have been till sp2.

If it turns out to be the first case you can get a Pci card that will support your drive size... if it is the second case you need to install sp1 or sp2.... you may have to repartition and refomat then to get it as one large drive or you could partition it out into several .....
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One needs to have installed Windows XP with Service Pack 1 or later in order for it to see the full 250Gb. Otherwise it doesn't support anything bigger than 137Gb for legacy reasons.

In theory you should be able to slap Service Pack 2 on the system and then use something like Partition Magic to make the 130Gb partition larger to fill up the entire disk.
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