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500Gb hdd shows only 127Gb

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June 13, 2010 4:21:30 PM

Hi my PC is running low on storage space, so I purchased a 500 Gb sata disk to sit alongside my existing 320Gb sata. In my computer the 500 only shows as 127Gb?
I am running win XP with all updates.
My Iomega 1Tb external music centre shows 900+Gb when plugged in.
Eric

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a b G Storage
June 13, 2010 6:21:45 PM

Did you download and install the HDD mfr's disk utilities to install the HDD to your system? Most have a utility pack that allows you to format and install the HDD.
June 14, 2010 10:49:51 AM

1809984,2,337723 said:
Did you download and install the HDD mfr's disk utilities to install the HDD to your system? Most have a utility pack that allows you to format and install the HDD.[/quotemsg
treefrog07 Thanks for your reply!!!
Following your idea I went to the Seagate site, whilst looking for the downloads I spotted FAQ-- checking this out, I spotted a question similar.
Long and short of it was, go to computer management, I did this and found that my new 500Gb disk was there, but had a partition set at, Yes 127Gb. the rest of the space was unallocated. I reformatted the whole disc and when
completed it showed the whole disc and "Healthy" 470Gb.
Again-----MANY THANKS
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a b G Storage
June 14, 2010 2:26:09 PM

It certainly sounds to me like you bought a returned drive.
Somebody has previous purchased the disk, took it home, tried to install it to an OS that is pre-XP SP1, found out they could not use the entire drive, they took it back, told the returns people they have found out the cannot use a drive that big, and the store simply reboxed it and put it back on the shelf for sale.
February 13, 2013 6:15:14 PM

what I have read tonight on different pages these manufactures are misleading us has to the true capacity of there HArd drives I thought it was my system I am running Windows 8 Its got a lot of good points
February 13, 2013 6:19:01 PM

I glad I think I am getting some where
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