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Formatting Secondary Hard Drive


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Jonesey

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Hi guys (and gals).

I've had a trawl through the forums and can't really find an answer to my problem.

Which is - I've just installed a second Hard Drive inside my Desktop pc. The drive is a Western Digital Caviar 320 Gb.

When attempting to format it (via Computer Management > Disk Management it only shows available space as 120Gb - less than half of what it should be.

I gather Windows 2000 sometimes (always?) imposes a limit of about 120Gb regardless of physical disk size, but also I gather there are workarounds to overcome this limit.

pc spec is as follows:

OS: Windows 2000 Professional, SP4, build 2195
Processor: Pentium P4 2.4GHz
Motherboard: DFI Lan Party PRO087
Ram: 1.5Gb
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX440


Hope that's enough information, thanks in advance for any help.

Edited by Jonesey, 29 January 2007 - 02:18 PM.

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first...make sure that the drive isn't jumpered as "size limited" or capacity llimited...or however they word it

second go here http://support.wdc.c...downloadxml.asp and get the proper version of their data lifeguard utility...this will help you initialize the drive..(unless your drive came with a CD...if it did...this program is what's on it)
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First off you have to have at least Service Pack 3 with Win2K for it to see drives larger than 137gb, and the last service pack released was 4, which I highly reccomend you have. Also, after SP4 is installed the Windows Update site will install many updates which are known collectively as SP5, but I don't know if it is available as a CD. You can get sp4 as a CD, or just use the executable that is on a Win2K disk. That's the way it is installed, as an .exe file that you run. You may be able to get SP4 from the Windows Update site, I haven't checked on that.

OOPS! sorry, didn't see you have SP4 already.

Edited by Tyger, 29 January 2007 - 02:35 PM.

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gah....yeah that too....i should stop assuming that people just keep their machiines updated ;p
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what about this then as part of the problem:

this explains the fun world of harddrive marketing

example:.
I have two SATA Seagate harddrives(ST3160827AS) both 160 GBs.
but in 'my computers', it say both hard drives only have a capacity of 160,039,239,680 bytes (149GBs), so where is the 11 gigs on both drives

answer
the HD manufactures puts it as:
1000 bytes=kilobyte,
1000K=megabyte, and
1000MB=1Gigabyte.

whareas really it's:
1024 bytes=kilobyte
1024K=megabyte
1024MB=1Gigabyte.

calculation: 160X1000X1000X1000/1024/1024/1024=~149GB

Edited by fleamailman, 29 January 2007 - 03:24 PM.

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first...make sure that the drive isn't jumpered as "size limited" or capacity llimited...or however they word it

second go here http://support.wdc.c...downloadxml.asp and get the proper version of their data lifeguard utility...this will help you initialize the drive..(unless your drive came with a CD...if it did...this program is what's on it)



Great result thanks! All up and running, now have a new 'D' drive with 232Gb formatted space!

You guys are worth your weight in gold.



Thanks again.

Colin
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