200gb picking up as 128gb

By kamesh
Apr 26, 2007
  1. Hi

    i have a 200gb IDE seagate and for some reason it is being picked up 128gb in windows xp. It has worked for many years now, just done a format and the size has gone down to 128gb.

    is this a familar problem?

    anyone got any ideas to what has gone wrong?

  2. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    The only way to limit HDD's capacity (for some) is a jumper setting. But usually it would limit the HDD alot more than 70+GB.

    When you formatted, was there another partition of sorts? Some PC's have a recovery partition or are partitioned in general.

    You could run through the WinXP install again and check if your HDD is partitioned.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You need XP SP1 or later to have it recognise hard drives bigger than ~130GB. If your install CD had the original XP, then it partitioned and formatted your drive as 128GB. The rest of the space should be visible and usable in DIsk Management once you have installed SP2.
  4. kamesh

    kamesh TS Rookie Topic Starter


    i dont think i have ran updates yet (i recently did a fresh install), ill do it tonight when i get home.

    thanks for the help
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  6. kamesh

    kamesh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ah, thanks ill keep that in mind.

    i installed sp2 and all is well.

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