SATA HDD not being recognised at actual size

By GoldenGypsy
Jul 24, 2007
  1. My Maxtor 250gb SATA HDD is not being recognised at its true size

    When i come to intall my OS it says it is only about 130gb. Once instaled operating system and on windows it still appears the same size. Formating does not appear to cure this problem.

    I relise that most HDDs dont actualy appear to be at their marketed size - i would be happy with 230gb but not 130gb.

    Whats up?

    im sure i saw a fix for this somewhere i just cant remember where it was.

    Thanx for any help
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

  3. Roamex

    Roamex TS Rookie

    Ya there was a definite issue with the detection of any HDD over the size limit of 130 gigs in SP1. Make sure that you update to service pack 2 at least or just partion the drive so you have 130gig system storage and the reset can be all data storage.
  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    if you already have sp2 then make sure you have the latest bios for your mobo because i think that can limit hdd sizes

    then again someone else might have a better idea ;)
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