I have a 200gb hdd, which I can only use 130gb, need help please

By haden9
Jun 11, 2005
  1. I recently built a new pc, everything is going fine with it but I cant seem to find a way to use my hdd from 130gb to 200gb which is really it's maximun capacity. Any ideas anyone if I need a converter of some sort, can someone help me please find an answer :(
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

  3. haden9

    haden9 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Didou for your quick response, but does this also work for sata drives?
    I guess i forgot to put that in also, sorry :(
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    The same applies. You could also use programs like Partition Magic. That will let you make a second partition with the 'missing' 60-70GB.
  5. Tedster

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

    What OS are you using? If you aren't using XP, your OS may not be able to handle more than 137.4 GB Operating systems to include WIN 98SE, WinME require the use of a 48-bit LBA supported controller card to fully recognize higher hapacity drives. WIN2K and XP require the latest service packs.
  6. haden9

    haden9 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hello, I have been on other cases (and problems), and I forgot about this situation. I would like to thank all for their sugestions, am gonna try each one and see how it goes (specially with the partion magic stuff). Thanks again guys :approve:
  7. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    I thought i'd mention other things, system restore.

    It can take at least 12% of your HDD space away! 200 * 0.88 = 176.

    But then, the hdd's "capacity" is not always correct, i have an 80Gb HDD, and it only displayed as 60Gb, and on top of that, there was system restore taking 12% (i turned it down a bit).

    The way i ended up fixing it was pretty stupid, i accidently tried to run a DOS partition program, and well, it fixed my hdd, but not to 80gb, but to 76gb, which is good enough!

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