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Why would a 2nd 500 gb hd show only 127 gb?

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January 15, 2011 7:47:42 PM

i have installed a 2nd HD for storage and it only shows 127g , not 500g ?? it does show 500gb in the bios section but properties only 127gb. 1st drive is Tb on the sata 1, 500gb is on sata 2. i am using a m3n78 pro asus MB!

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a b G Storage
January 15, 2011 9:56:35 PM

Go to Disk Managment and see if there is any unallocated space. Try deleting the existing partition, then create a new one in Disk Managment.
If using XP, Service pack 1 or later is required to enable 127GB+ drives.
Bios needs to be set to Auto LBA.

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a b G Storage
January 16, 2011 1:56:34 AM

Did the 500GB HDD arrive in a factory sealed antistatic bag?

If the seal was broken maybe you got a returned drive that some one partitioned and formatted on a system and/or OS that didn't handle 48-bit LBA.
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a b G Storage
January 16, 2011 3:30:26 AM

I did have thoughts along those lines, that it had been used before.
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a c 415 G Storage
January 16, 2011 3:50:05 AM

What OS and Service Pack are you using? The original version of XP doesn't support hard drives larger than 127GB - you can fix that by upgrading to at least Service Pack 1.
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