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I have a Maxtor 6Y200P0 200GB HD, formated in NFTS. My question is, after formating for the 4th time, I've noticed that my total space is drastically lower than it should be. My capacity right now is 127GB, instead of the 200GB I originally paid for. Is it because I reformated? Or is it some other factor I havn't thought of? Whatever the case may be how can I fix this problem? Thanks for your help.

Edited by End, 13 July 2005 - 01:29 PM.

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Do you have SP1 or higher installed on your system?
Is the drives full size recognised correctly in the bios?
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formatting doesnt really get rid of the data so some stuff could be persisting in the system. (not likely to take up that much space..but you never know)
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Simplest thing to do? Send it back for replacement if you can, sounds like a physical problem. It can also be a software problem. Update all your drivers and especially motherboard Bios. Also chipset drivers.

Good luck!

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Samm: I have SP2 with all the updates (just got new ones today). Where should I be looking in the BIOS?

dsenette: I don't know how to go and get rid of this stuff.

alphaethan: I don't know how to flash the bios, but really I heard it is hard to do. All other drivers are up to date, no conflicts in my device manager, and nothing is disabled (besides my SCSI Disk Device, which I don't have).\


EDIT: I have a ASUS A7V8X motherboard with a VIA KT400 Chipset DDR400.

Edited by End, 14 July 2005 - 02:33 PM.

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For your system to recognise any drive larger than 137GB, it must be 48-bit LBA compliant. This means the bios must support 48-bit LBA addressing and so must windows (XP SP1 should be 48-bit capable)

Go into the bios->main, highlight the primary master entry and press enter. You should then see the drive capacity listed. If the size is correct, then your bios is 48-bit compatible.

Also check the jumpers on the rear of the drive. Some drives have a size clip jumper than forces the system to recognise only part of the total drive capacity.
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Ok, so this is what my BIOS says currently for my Maxtor:

Type: Auto (But changed back to the harddrive name after I pressed escape)
Cylinders: 1024 (space before the 1, it looked like this [ 1024] )
Head: 255
Sector: 63
CHS Capacity: 8422MB
Maximum Capacity: 203931MB

Multi-Sector Transfers: Maximum
Smart Monitoring: Enabled
Pio Mode: 4
Extra DMA Mode: 6

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OK, looks like the bios is recognising the drive correctly.
Next thing to try is go into control panel->administrative tools->computer management->disk management

Have a look in there to see if the remaining 80GB of hard drive is recognised as unpartitioned space or whether XP thinks the drive is only 130GB in size.

Also, have a read through this article :
http://support.micro...kb;en-us;303013

Its easier than me trying to explain it all & you may find it useful.
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Heres a picture of what it looks like.... Is there a way to allocate that unallocated space into the current one? Or will I have to make it's own partition?

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You should be able to extend the current partition to include the unallocated space (in theory). If you can't do it with disk management, Partition Magic should be able to. Backup any data you have on the drive first though.

Failing that, then creating a second partition in the unallocated space will work.
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Heh, that's easier said than done, because I don't have Partition Magic, and knowing my DOS skills, I can't get it through Disk Management even though I've partitioned many hard-drives. I guess I'll make the unallocated space a new partition, I could use it for random oddities I guess. Or maybe just leave it alone until next format and attempt to put all the disk space avalible into one partition, which I've done before aswell. Thanks for the help.
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