explain "wiping out the HDD".
did you reformatted the drive?
did you erase the partition(s)?
if you did erase the partition, did you re partition the drive? (and re formatted?)
how many partitions?
hmm, I wiped the drive by using parted magic and hit "write zeros" to the entire drive.
There was only one partition on the drive and it was 950+gb.
I did not re partition, there is 128gb unallocated.