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Old 02-03-03, 06:12 PM
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New 120GB HD showing 31GB available

Thanks Bretski on my last question, it worked...sort of...

OK, I assigned the new hard drive a drive letter, "D", and I formatted the drive NTFS and assigned a drive label. It's only showing 31.49GB available and it's a brand new 120GB drive. Do I have to partition this drive? I thought you could use a massive drive like this in one big chunk, you know, for editing & stuff.

What do I need to do to get some space on this damn_thing??

Win XP
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40GB WD Master Drive
120GB Maxtor drive (Anti-Christ)
Old 02-03-03, 07:24 PM
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How old is your motherboard? What brand/model?
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Did you use some sort of program to copy the contents of an old hard drive over?

I just did this and my new 80GB drive showed up as only 30 gig after I mirrored my other 30 gig drive. I then had to format the extra space and use it as a separate partition.

To check to see what might be wrong, RIGHT CLICK on MY COMPUTER and select MANAGE. Go down to DISK MANAGEMENT and see what shows up with your drive. Could just be partitioned with only one partition being formatted.
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I'll echo X's question. It's possible that your motherboard will not support a drive that large. Does your POST screen show the drive size?
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I have an ASUS CUSL-2

How do I check if it can support...
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I have one too. Running XP and with a couple of those 120's in it.

You would see the BIOS version at the beginning of the boot. It shouldn't matter, but you might want to see if you have over version 1001. I think 1009 was the latest.

Did you delete any partitions that might have existed and then create one big partition (and then format) in Computer Management->Disk Management?
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Originally posted by X
I have one too. Running XP and with a couple of those 120's in it.

You would see the BIOS version at the beginning of the boot. It shouldn't matter, but you might want to see if you have over version 1001. I think 1009 was the latest.

Did you delete any partitions that might have existed and then create one big partition (and then format) in Computer Management->Disk Management?
Version 1001.A

I didn't delete any partitions. Like I said, this was fresh out of the box. When I went to 'Disk Management', it said drive 0 was my 40GB. I set up the 120GB as drive 1. I had to make it a dynamic drive to proceed, then it formatted in NTFS. The whole time it said 31.9GB, from start to finish.

In BIOS, it lists the drive correctly, 6Y120PO. When I go to properties, it shows the pie chart and lists it as 31.9.
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Delete all the partitions on that drive. Then repartition it and format.

You might want to consider flashing your BIOS if you have problems. 1006 was the first version I found decent. But if you aren't, don't mess with it.
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Originally posted by X
Delete all the partitions on that drive. Then repartition it and format.

Ummm, how do I, you know...do this?? I'm not real good in BIOS and don't want to screw things up.
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Hmmm, flashing my BIOS... I flashed it a couple times but there was no reaction. My girlfriend kept asking why I was pulling my pants down...she doesn't understand computers.

Seriously, I looked on the ASUS sight but couldn't find anything on the CUSL-2. How do I flash & what are the benefits (or risks)?
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You do it in Disk Management in XP. You know, under Administrative Tools->Computer Management?

Right-click the drive, delete every partition you see until you have only one box showing one unpartitioned drive. Then create a single ~120GB partition and format as NTFS. Make it a Basic drive instead of Dynamic too.
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Flashing can make some things work better. They improve the functionality of the board and fix problems as the BIOS improves.

I had some specific problems until 1006. Actually, until after 1006 I couldn't get DMA enabled for slave devices.

The risk is that you have a high likelihood of killing your motherboard if you mess it up or lose power during the flash.
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OK, I made it a basic disk, but it still says 31GB. Also, It's not giving me an option to format unless I go dynamic. It says 31GB, unallocated.
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I only have two boxes...disk 0, which is my 40, and disk 1, which is the 120.

HELP!!!
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Have you right-clicked on the 120 drive and chosen "Delete partition"?
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Here's what I got:

Top rectangle box-C:/Partition/Basic/NTFS/Healthy/37.27GB Capacity/6.68GB Free/ etc...

Nothing else up top.

Two squares with a rectangle next to each, one is drive 0, the other drive 1. The 120GB (Drive 1) still says 31GB, unallocated.

When I right-click, I get these options:


New Partition
Properties
Help
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CAN I tackle this in DOS? Would that be easier??
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Partition magic would help
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Originally posted by 4KRG
Partition magic would help
It just so happens that I recently 'acquired' this program, version 8.0. I ran the tutorial, I tried increasing the partition size, etc... It's telling me I only have one partition, which is 32.246GB. I'm not familiar with this program at all, so a little help would be greatly appreciated.

Is it possible that my HD is screwed from the gate??
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I deleted all partitions...still 32.246GB available.
I created one primary partition...32.246GB available.
Tried to increase partition...32.246GB maximum limit.

I think this baby is going back!!!
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It's a BIOS related thing, I believe. I recently had this problem. In the BIOS, (and I don't remember the wording, exactly) some setting for the disk was on "Auto" and windows only saw 32GB. Changing it from "Auto" to "LBA" let windows see the full drive.
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dan,

I just checked every setting in BIOS and I didn't see anything that even had "LBA" as an option.

Uuugghhh!!!!! This is driving me crazy!!!
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WOO HOO!!! Fixed it!!

I removed the jumper completely instead of having it in the slave slot. Used Partition Magic, deleted, formatted, re-partitioned, and POW, 117GB's free!!!
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from the installation guide here.

The cylinder limitation jumper (CLJ) makes the hard drive's capacity appear smaller to the system BIOS to eliminate startup problems that can occur when the BIOS cannot detect a hard drive larger than 32 GB. The CLJ option can be used in conjunction with the cable select, master, or slave options. If your system is a Pentium II or older, you will probably need to use this jumper. The dotted rectangle in each of the illustrations in Figure 6 indicate where the cylinder limitation jumper should be placed if necessary. See “Frequently Asked Questions” on page 33 for more information.
Great work finally getting it going! I'm sorry I didn't pop in here sooner.

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