Need help with a wd 160gb hdd

Ok I just built my first system. It is a p4c800-e deluxe
W.d. 160gb harddrive
O.s. Is win xp and ubuntu
I had ubuntu loaded and I reformated the ubuntu partition with magic partition. Now it only reads 149gb under win xp. I tried to load ubuntu back on and the partition part told it can't cause there are bad sectors. Is there a way I can get back up to 160gb. I did checkdisk under win xp and it didn't find anything.

Sorry for the long post and a few misspelled words. Using my blackberry to post this.
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    Dude 149Gb IS the size of your HDD. Same as I have a 320Gb but it's actually 298Gb, same as I also have a 1Tb which is actually only 931Gb.
    I'm not going to bother going into why this is, just accept it.
  2. well, the short explanation is drive mfrs say 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes, and OS vendors say a GB is 2 ^ 30 (I think) bytes, which is more then 1,000,000,000 so it's the same amount of space, but different math/labels
  3. Ok. Thanks soul reaper 13 & gtvr. Mutc appreciated.
  4. Best answer selected by White hawk.
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