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WD Caviar Black 1TB only indicating 149 GB capacity

by ciliberto / May 10, 2010 9:26 PM PDT

I just installed a new WD Caviar Black HD and it is only indicating capacity of 149GB in properties. What's the deal? Doesn't 1TB = 1000GB This is a desktop and I am running Windows 7. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: drive
by Kees Bakker / May 10, 2010 9:56 PM PDT

The 2 ways to see the properties of a disk drive:
1. The BIOS
2. Disk Management
Which of the 2 did you use?

Just in case you thought My Computer (sorry, that's XP speak) was the right tool: it isn't.


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Disk Management
by ciliberto / May 10, 2010 10:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: drive

I did go into My Computer and clicked on Properties for my Local Disk (C:) Properties. It told me that I only have 149 GB Capacity. Where can I find Disk Management and why would the properties of my Local Disk show a different capacity? Thanks for your help.

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Re: disk
by Kees Bakker / May 10, 2010 10:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Disk Management

The reason is easy to explain. The c:-drive is just a partition on that disk. The remainder of the disk (some 850 GB) is unallocated.
Disk Management is a tool in the OS to manage disk. It lets you add a partition, for example, in the unallocated space. My Computer only shows the properties of one partition at a time.

If you want to do more that Disk Management lets you do, find another tool like GPARTED (free) or Partition Magic (paid). will find you a lot of stuff to read.


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Thank You
by ciliberto / May 10, 2010 10:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: disk

Thank you very much for that info.

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