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seagate 250 gig hard drive shows up as 127gig

by smokey2134 / July 14, 2005 2:47 AM PDT

I have a dell 8400 with pentium4,2.8gig, 1gig of ram,80 gig hard drive ,windows xp pro. I just installed a 250 gig hard drive as a backup, after formatting and partitioning i went to the disk management and it shows up as 127gig. Did i set the wrong auto in bios? My bios showed master and slave for sata drives , nothing chosen, then master and slave again with my old drive set to on, i set the slave to auto then exited and saved. I formatted with the seagate disc wizard and then rebooted. Can anyone suggest what I might have done wrong and how to fix it.
Thanks for any info

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The Seagate disk did you in
by TONI H / July 14, 2005 2:56 AM PDT

If you had booted with the XP cd, it would have set up the entire drive as either one partition or divided it according to your wishes using NTFS....as it stands the normal 'fdisk' used has a limit of 127GB for the drive size. You can try going into DOS with a W98 bootdisk and then using FDISK to add an extended partition and logical drive for the rest of the space.


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XP Pro only supported 127GB drives.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2005 3:49 AM PDT
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thanks ,but i fixed it
by smokey2134 / July 15, 2005 12:18 AM PDT

i tried the win98 boot disc and that didn't work, so i went into the disc wizard again and it told me that the more than 137gig was not enabled, did i want to enable it, i clicked yes and it formatted and partitioned the hard drive, i now have 232gigs, success. Thanks everyone for your help.

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