My new computer's hard drives on the fritz.

I just recently built a computer with 2 Western Digital 250 Gigabyte Hard Drives but when I made my computer and booted it up, I have 2 hard drives C and D but both only have 127 Gigabytes of room.

Anyone know what is going on?
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  1. Your BIOS is only recognising them as 128Gb drives, so you're not seeing all the space. I'd suggest updating your BIOS and your drivers - if that doesn't work I'm afraid you're stuck (under windows - Linux would see all the space!)

    It may be worth checking the back of the drive to see if there's a "128Gb Clip" function on them - I suspect not, but worth checking.
  2. you didn't say if these were PATA or SATA drives
    if PATA you might try changing the drive detection in
    bios from AUTO to LARGE or try imputting the drive spec's
    manually. but most likely a windows proplem ( didn't see what
    OS your using.
    SATA drives means a proplem and most likely
    a bios update to try to solve
  3. Oh, sorry.

    They are SATA drives.
  4. Aside from what is already mentioned, if you are installing a version of XP that is not service pack 1 (sp1) or later then the OS can't see it:
    How to enable 48-bit Logical Block Addressing support"]Windows XP does not support 48-bit LBA support unless you are running Windows XP SP1. If you want to use 48-bit LBA support, you must apply Windows XP SP1 or later. Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition already include SP1.

    You can simple upgrade to SP2 and create new partitions or if you have to have a 250gb c: drive then you can create an SP2 install disk by slipstreaming your current XP cd with the network installer of SP2
  5. Also, if you enter the bios it should tell you what it size drive it is seeing. That will narrow it down to hardware vs software. Personally I would make sure I had the latest bios regardless in addition to SP2, it's good to keep it everything updated.
  6. Quote:
    I just recently built a computer with 2 Western Digital 250 Gigabyte Hard Drives but when I made my computer and booted it up, I have 2 hard drives C and D but both only have 127 Gigabytes of room.

    Anyone know what is going on?


    Doolittle got it right. Install SP2 and your problems will go away.
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