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Hard drive help please

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
I just installed a brand new hard drive into my pc which is meant to be 1.5TB but when i have turned the pc on its showing the hard drive is only 145GB.
The other wierd thing is that the hard drive which is already in should be 320GB but thats also showing as being 145GB please can someone help me to sort the matter out.

Thanx
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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banned#1
Gutted for you. What operating system are you using. What make of hard drive are they. What connection type are they? Sata, ide? Where did you buy them from?

Edited By: lumoruk on Sep 20, 2010 22:22: ..
#2
Its the motherboards bios most likely. You have it set to legacy mode of some sorts (can't remember what its called) what is your motherboard so I can provide you directions to reset to factory defaults your motherboard.
#3
lumoruk
Gutted for you. What operating system are you using. What make of hard drive are they. What connection type are they? Sata, ide? Where did you buy them from?

Hi im using windows vista at the moment will be updating to windows 7 but that wont be for a while. The hard drive is Samsung and its a SATA drive from what it says on the packaging. I got it from Scan aswell.
#4
willdev
Its the motherboards bios most likely. You have it set to legacy mode of some sorts (can't remember what its called) what is your motherboard so I can provide you directions to reset to factory defaults your motherboard.

Hi im not really that good with pc's but the pc is an Acer T671 if that helps.

Thanx
#5
where are you getting your info from in regards to capacity is it fom my computer or somewhere else?
#6
nightstud
where are you getting your info from in regards to capacity is it fom my computer or somewhere else?

Its from the pc when you check on My Computer it says the info about the hard drive capacity etc
#7
Hard drive manufacturers are using an "alternative" measurement system, to the rest of the world.

A 1.5TB hard drive has ~ 1,465,138,584 Kilo Bytes of raw/unformatted disk space, which equals 1397.27GB.

It all has to do with conversion from Bytes to Gigabytes and the actual meaning of the word Mega and Giga.

Wikipedia link

The hard drive that already was in your computer is likely partitioned into a C: and D: drive, as well as a hidden partition containing the Windows Recovery System.


Edited By: SUMMONER on Sep 20, 2010 23:37: ..
#8
is that on the first screen as in not whats used and whats left its just showing up in my computer as those capacities?
if so what sort of pc do you have click on start ,control panel ,system if you have xp and tell us what it says.
#9
SUMMONER
Hard drive manufacturers are using an "alternative" measurement system, to the rest of the world.A 1.5TB hard drive has ~ 1,465,138,584 Kilo Bytes of raw/unformatted disk space, which equals 1397.27GB.It all has to do with conversion from Bytes to Gigabytes and the actual meaning of the word Mega and Giga.Wikipedia link The hard drive that already was in your computer is likely partitioned into a C: and D: drive, as well as a hidden partition containing the Windows Recovery System.
what summoner is saying is correct but never known windows recovery system to be hidden just reserved should still show up as a partition i believe could be wrong though but what he says is correct.
banned#10
Get all your stuff onto an external USB drive or back up on to DVDs. Format them then sort out when you get Windows 7 would be my advice.
#11
nightstud

what summoner is saying is correct but never known windows recovery system to be hidden just reserved should still show up as a partition i believe could be wrong though but what he says is correct.

Such hidden partitions should always be visible in Windows Disk Manager (even if it can't identify their file system). They will however only show in "My Computer" if they use NTFS/Fat32 as a file system, otherwise they stay hidden.


Edited By: SUMMONER on Sep 20, 2010 23:47: ..
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SUMMONER
nightstud
what summoner is saying is correct but never known windows recovery system to be hidden just reserved should still show up as a partition i believe could be wrong though but what he says is correct.
Such hidden partitions should always be visible in Windows Disk Manager (even if it can't identify their file system). They will however only show in "My Computer" if they use NTFS/Fat32 as a file system, otherwise they stay hidden.
but dont the majority of system use those two formats (NTFS/fat32) JUST A QUESTION???
#13
nightstud
SUMMONER
nightstud
what summoner is saying is correct but never known windows recovery system to be hidden just reserved should still show up as a partition i believe could be wrong though but what he says is correct.
Such hidden partitions should always be visible in Windows Disk Manager (even if it can't identify their file system). They will however only show in "My Computer" if they use NTFS/Fat32 as a file system, otherwise they stay hidden.

but dont the majority of system use those two formats (NTFS/fat32) JUST A QUESTION???

Depends very much on the age and make of the computer.

The older the computer (ie: pre-vista) the higher the chance it uses some fancy 3rd party recovery utility and exotic file system.

I believe that on current HP computers the recovery system is in a hidden folder on the D: drive. It's just asking to be deleted by accident.




Edited By: SUMMONER on Sep 21, 2010 00:10: ..
#14
SUMMONER
nightstud
SUMMONER
nightstud
what summoner is saying is correct but never known windows recovery system to be hidden just reserved should still show up as a partition i believe could be wrong though but what he says is correct.
Such hidden partitions should always be visible in Windows Disk Manager (even if it can't identify their file system). They will however only show in "My Computer" if they use NTFS/Fat32 as a file system, otherwise they stay hidden.
but dont the majority of system use those two formats (NTFS/fat32) JUST A QUESTION???
Depends very much on the age and make of the computer.The older the computer (ie: pre-vista) the higher the chance it uses some fancy 3rd party recovery utility and exotic file system.I believe that on current HP computers the recovery system is in a hidden folder on the D: drive. It's just asking to be deleted by accident.
i will agree with you but how do you explain the many missing gigs that should be on the hard drive. system recovery even hidden doesnt take up 1.3tb must be some compatability issue???
banned#15
This info is a bit old now, but when I was editing on my PC I remember that my win xp only recognised a maximum size of hard drive. If I remember correctly, we had to create a number of partitions of smaller sizes to use all the space on the hard disk. Not sure if this is the case with modern OS or mother boards.
Hope this points you in the right direction.
#16
SalesPromo
This info is a bit old now, but when I was editing on my PC I remember that my win xp only recognised a maximum size of hard drive. If I remember correctly, we had to create a number of partitions of smaller sizes to use all the space on the hard disk. Not sure if this is the case with modern OS or mother boards.Hope this points you in the right direction.
that probably explains it never personaly used over 200 gig in windows xp
#17
although others suggest otherwise
http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/8288
according to that the op should have no problems

Edited By: nightstud on Sep 21, 2010 00:51: i want to
#18
SUMMONER
Hard drive manufacturers are using an "alternative" measurement system, to the rest of the world.A 1.5TB hard drive has ~ 1,465,138,584 Kilo Bytes of raw/unformatted disk space, which equals 1397.27GB.It all has to do with conversion from Bytes to Gigabytes and the actual meaning of the word Mega and Giga.Wikipedia link The hard drive that already was in your computer is likely partitioned into a C: and D: drive, as well as a hidden partition containing the Windows Recovery System.

Yes but he is saying it is showing 145Gb not 1,450Gb

Unless he is reading it incorrectly.

Edited By: guilbert53 on Sep 21, 2010 09:25: add
#19
nightstud
i will agree with you but how do you explain the many missing gigs that should be on the hard drive. system recovery even hidden doesnt take up 1.3tb must be some compatability issue???

I have to stop reading HUKD in the middle of the night... I could swear the OP wrote that the drive was only showing 1.45TB. Sorry.
#20
Lol yea its showing 145GB not TB im gonna get someone to have a look at it tonight who knows about PC's and hopefully shall be getting it sorted out. He mentioned to me something about Bios and partitioning etc
#21
The pc has been sorted now my friend had a look at it and the SATA cable was faulty not thats been sorted and both hard drives are showing.

The only problem at the moment is the windows not fitting properly on the screen some of the icons are only half showing so i need to sort that out anyone have any idea's of how to do that??? Its windows 7.
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