New hard drive

By redben56 ยท 5 replies
Jun 5, 2009
  1. I had to install a new hard drive in my emachine it had a 200 gig and i replaced it with a WD 320 gig. I finally got windows to load put it only sees about 127 gigs.
    how do i open the rest of it?
  2. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Did you format and partition the drive before you installed windows?
  3. redben56

    redben56 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes i think

    when windows loaded it went through a format and partion. the new drive is a WD320 and the software that came with it said i needed to fix it in window dos?
  4. detrox

    detrox TS Rookie

    Open disk management tools from administration panel and check if there isn't any unassigned space. If there is... simply make a next partition from it. That's it.
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Very first thing:
    >> Have you apply all the Windows updates
    >> If you're running XP make sure you have all the Hardware updates applied as well

    Once you complete above, then i'd worry about the disk drive space if a problem

    /* edit */
    btw.. only seeing 127GB sounds like on OLD XP problem. (don't know what you;re running or how old the version) so do all the updates first
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You may be using an eMachine Windows version that is Service Pack 1. Service Pack one will only go to 137 GB raw before formatting... If you use Service Pack 2 or 3, you can go up to at least 1.5 GB.
    A lot of the eMachines shipped with WXPH SP 1, because the largest drive they sold was 80 GB...
    Often, but not always, you can use a regular Windows XP Home disk with Service Pack 2 and use the product ID from your eMachines case sticker.
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