I purchased and installed a new 160 GB Hitachi Deskstar HD about a year ago. At the time I was running Windows 98 SE on a no name PC clone with 1GB
memory and a 2.6 Ghz Celeron processor. I could only set it up as a 33GB HD.
I made 2 partitons, one 22 GB and one 11. I have now installed Windows XP Home on a second 60GB HD that originally came installed in the computer. I would like to now re-format the 160 GB HD into one 160 GB partition. I have removed all file from the drive. How do I re-format this 160 GB HD to use its full capacity?
Control Panel > Admin tools > Computer Management > Disk Management...
Select the drive you want to format by clicking on it, and right click, format... You can choose here how to format the drive, NTFS (recommended) FAT32, etc, and even partition it if you want to IIRC....
Wot Daz said, or right click on the drive icon and select 'format'....that'll wipe it too
The above answers will wipe the active partition, but will not utilise the unpartitioned space. You'll need to Delete the Partition in Disk
Management (Right click on the appropriate partition, [Don't stuff around with your boot drive, or you'll be back in reload territory] and select
From there you can create new partitions and format to your hearts content.
OK, I have wiped off all the files on the 160 GB hd, but when I try to re-format and put a new partition on it, it still shows as only 33GB as the
I went into the BIOS and it still auto detects only 33 GBs.
How do I get it to detect the full 160 GBs which is the size of this HD?
Of course if you boot from your Windoze XP CD, as part of the OS install it does give you the option of modifying partition info as you go.
Open "Administrative Tools"
Open "Computer Management"
In the left hand pane Select "Disk Management"
In the lower right hand pane Disk that you need to partition will probably show a 33Gb partition followed by a whole heap of Unallocated Space
Right click on the 33Gb partition and opt to "Delete Partition"
A pop up asking if you want to continue will show, click "Yes"
The drive should then show as Unallocated Space
Right Click on the Unallocated Space and select "New Partition"
A Wizard should guide you through the process. Answer the questions as they are presented (the default answers should be all that you need)
From there, the rest should be automatic. You will need time to allow the format to complete, the progress indicator in the new partition will tell you how you are going.
When all is finished, you can then use your new partition however you like.
Also XP's Service Pack 2 will be needed to see bigger drives.... (Or was it SP 1?)
Are you up to date on the security side?
Could be the jumpers. I bought a 80GB hard drive once, for Windows 98. In order to get it work, I set the jumpers to 32GB (that was the limit to Win98). Had it been a Windows XP, then I would've moved the jumpers to utilize the whole 80GB.
Good point Quaver, I never bothered with those as I went from W95 to W2000 which never had those issues.
Ok, I have been able to get the drive set up and a partition established, but it is only 137 GB.
How do I get it changed to show the full 160 GB's?
You'll never get the full 160gb, because of the way HDD's are set up...
This Wiki article explains it, under the "Capacity measurements" paragraph...
The Hitachi website may actually have some download utilities that will allow you to recognise the full capacity of your HDD.
I checked the Hitachi web site and they don't have anything to fix the problem. The suggested that I may have a BIOS that needs updating to handle 48
Bit addressing. After checking for the BIOS manufacture web sit, I was directed to a web site called ESUPPORT.COM. They ran a free scan of my computer
and advised that my BIOS did not support 48 bit addressing and that I needed an upgrade Bios that they could furnish for only $39. They guarenteed
that this would handle my problem and allow the full 160 GB to be utilized(slightly less because of how it is measured).
My question is: Is this the only way to solve this problem or is there any work around that will handle it?
XP's Service Pack 2 would have dealt with XP's issue of seeing larger capacity HDD's. (IIRC, XP's size limit was 137gb pre the patch being
released, and then issued with sp2)
So, if sp2 is already applied, then it is a hardware issue, which I'm not aware can be by passed by any "fix" that is sold by some dodgy website...
That said, if the BIOS is seeing the HDD as 160gb, or even 137gb, then I don't think it's a Mobo limitation either... That seems too high a figure to me, they usually got stuck at 80gb or below I seem to recall.... Though happy to be wrong...
If BIOS recognises the full capacity of the drive then a third party partitioning suite may allow you to create two partitions of, say, 80Gb. XP SP2 should also allow this, but I'm not so certain with that. As long as your partitions are smaller than the max allowable, then Windoze should recognise it.
I;d not pay for an updated BIOS, Have a look here: http://www.wimsbios.com/index.jsp they can give you all the info that you need on BIOS and point you to the correct one for nothing.
fter you click on the link, it takes you to a web page that has a lot of options, but they all take you to Esupport.com which is the web site that
wants to charge $39 for a BIOS upgrade.
I was searching for the manufactures web site and I thought I found the correct one as they had a request form to fill out to ger the upgrade. I bookmarked the page to cme back later to request the form.
Later, when I clicked on the bookmark, I was taken t a completely different web site, one that was selling something that had nothing to do with computers at all.
I think they were selling cars.
Is there any place besides Esupport.com that I can get an
updated BIOS without having to pay $39?
I am going to start a new forum called Bios Upgrade to continue my search for information on upgrading my BIOS.
Thanks to all who helped me get the drive formatted.
Identify your Mobo and that should lead you to a BIOS upgrade, assuming one is available...
If you don't know the make & model, open the case and look for some identifying letters/numbers on the board... Possibly around the PCI slots, or RAM slots, or maybe at the bottom of the board....
Can you give us the make and model number of the MOBO or, at the very least, the computer. WIM's has never transferred me to a paid site.
I listed all that info in another thread called Bios Upgrade.
Lets work from that thread.
Fairysnuff, IU would have thought that Bios was an extension of this topic. No matter, I'll look there.