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Cloning 250GB HD (56GB used) to 200GB HD

Question: Cloning 250GB HD (56GB used) to 200GB HD


I got a virus a couple of weeks ago and had to reinstall XP back to factory settings. I am running XP SP3 on an Advent T9317, 1.5GB RAM, Dual Core.

I decided i wanted to put only the bare essential programs back on (i had a lot of old rubbish on here originally), so i have put only those programs i really need back on.

I am therefore now at a stage where i want to clone my main Hard Drive (250GB, 56GB used) to a spare hard drive (200GB, connected to IDE inside PC) so that if anything ever goes wrong with the main HD then i will have a bootable backup of the stage i'm at right now, and it will be a straight swap, no installation of OS or any programs etc.

However, my main C drive is a 250GB HD (although only 56GB used), and i want to make an EXACT clone of it onto my (smaller) 200GB HD (spare).

So, just to recap:
Main HD (C) is SATA 250GB, 56GB used
Spare HD (Z) is IDE 200GB, completely clean. Connected to IDE inside PC.

a) Is it possible to clone a 250GB HD (main) to a smaller 200GB HD (spare), if there is only 56GB used on my main HD ???
b) I have Norton Ghost 11, will this do it ?
c) If Norton Ghost isn't the best software to do this with then what is (preferably freeware because i've already paid for Ghost) ?
d) Any forseen problems ?

Best Regards,

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Preferred Solution: Cloning 250GB HD (56GB used) to 200GB HD

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Answer: Cloning 250GB HD (56GB used) to 200GB HD

You can clone to a smaller drive. I don't know if Ghost 11 supports that, but I would think it should. You may have to choose some custom option and specify either a proportiional resizing of partitions, or a manual layout, otherwise it will try to create the same size partitions, which won't work going to a smaller drive of course.

I use Acronis True Image (Version 11 and 2010), it does support that. I believe the free version of Macrum Reflect does as well.

Imaging Software

Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

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Hi My os : Win10 64 BitSSD : 250GB SamsungBefore posting here I searched here for a solution and i only thread that i find is here l Even if i shrink many of the software out there clones entire disk! Tried Macrium Reflect as per a CNET video, it says not possible to clone to my 250 GB ssd and my C drive is only 105GB with some software like AutoCAD etc.Any solution for this ?

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Hi guysI have recently purchased a crucial 250gb ssd and i want to clone my Lenovo y510p 1Tb HDD. The HDD has 7 partitions. A 1000mb recovery partition, a 350mb recovery partition and another 13.2Gb recovery partition, a 260mb EFI system partition, 100mb oem partition, Windows 8 OS partition , and a Lenovo(D) partition. I'd like to only clone the OS but to do so which partitions are needed to boot into Windows and do I need all the partitions(I really don't want all 3 recovery partitions) and why are there 3 recovery partitions?Thanks
Mod's Edit: System model added to Subject line to improve visibility / clarity

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I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell? Dimension? 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.

Answer:Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

You can use Seagates Disk Wizzard ( IMO the easiest & free)\
How to use Disk Wizzard

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Is this article true?,2817,2408289,00.asp PCMAG suggests only 56Gb left out of the box on a 128GB drive. CheersWayne

Answer:56Gb free out of the box

>> PCMAG suggests only 56Gb left out of the box on a 128GB drive.
I don't know the exact amount of free space but it sounds about right.  One easy thing that a user can do to reclaim 11GB of space is to create a recovery drive and then delete the recovery partition as prompted.  Other things can also be done such as disabling hibernation (if it is not used) and/or deleting the hibernation partition that is used for 30-day standby.  This can reclaim another 11-15GB of space.

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When I check the properties of my hard disc drive I do not manage to sum up the capacity to the specified 120GB (not used but available).
I only get about 56GB+51GB divided on a C:\ and D:\ drive.

Are there participations of the hard disc drive that initially are hided for me as a user?
Anybody who know the answer?

Answer:NB100-12N - 120GB shows only 56GB + 51GB


How did you check this HDD size?

If you want you can access the Disk Management and could check if some hidden partitions have been created.

I?m not quote sure how the HDD has been partitioned on NB100 but Vista preinstalled notebooks are equipped with one hidden partition.
This hidden partition belongs to the Vista and contains the Vista backup files.
But as I said, this is only a case on notebooks with preinsatalled Vista OS.

In your case it could be possible that this issue is probably due to different ways of calculating the size, either using the decimal or a binary system:

In a decimal system 1 GB = 1,000 MB = 1,000,000 KB = 1,000,000,000 Byte
But most operating systems calculate with factor 1024 instead of 1000: 1 GB= 1024 MB= 1024 x1 024 KB= 1,073,741,824 Byte.
Because of this, all drives seem to be around 1.074 times smaller under the operating system than they really are.

_For example:_
An 80 GB drive can store 80,000,000,000 bytes, but the operating system divides this number by 1.074 and therefore shows the drive as having a capacity of 74.5 GB only. But this does NOT mean that you loose 5.5 GB.
It is still the same number of bytes that can physically be stored in both ways of calculating!

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 Cloning/ after cloning   to new hard drive the recovery partition on new hard drive  would not load everything else works fineNEW HARD DRIVE IS WD 500I USED WD SOFTWARE TO CLONE

Answer:Cloning/ after cloning to new hard drive the recovery partition would not work

HiThe okr which is installed on the hard drive will work only on the same hdd. Okr of a drive wont work on a different drive.Regards

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Hi, I want to buy a new hard drive for my desktop PC, and I was wondering if the western digital black 250GB hard drive or western digital enterprise 250GB hard drive would work better for such a PC. Both of the HDDs I mentioned are SATA, in case you're wondering.

Answer:Solved: western digital black 250GB vs. western digital enterprise 250GB

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Im a noobie" so i'll say sorry in advance if this seems stupid.. but I recently brought a new secondary HDD, WD 200GB. When i installed it, it only read 127.99 GB of free space. In my BIOS it said i had 200GB in that drive so that wouldnt be a BIOS problem would it?
i've already installed SP2 and currently trying to install SP1
*if i installed SP2 than there is no need to install SP1?????*

how do i fix this problem to make my HDD go to 200GB?
do i just have to fomat the new HDD??

thankz in advance for the help

Answer:200GB but it says 127.99 GB

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Hey guys,

Ive just come across and old P3 system and i want to install windows XP on it.

I chucked in a 200GB drive i had in to the PC. Booted windows XP disc, but whenever i pass the first stage of windows (partitioning and loading the install files) after it reboots it says "Could not load operating system".

I have a feeling its something to do with the Bios only showing the drive as 136GB.

What can i do to make windows install?

Answer:XP on P3 w/ 200GB HD

Maybe your motherboard does not support drives over 137gb. try installing a PCI IDE card with 48 bit LBA compatibility. that should fix the 137gb limit. because if your running a P3 the board has got to be quite old.

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When it is a Seagate Barracuda 200 Gb HDD it seems. Having taken delivery of one of the above and intallled it as an external drive, on setting up the drive details listed 186 Gb available. This prompted a E-mail to retailer querying the drive? Is it Faulty? Shall I return it etc., However whilst poking around Seagates web site I found that a 200 Gb drive does indeed deliver 186Gb Then may I enquire is it billed as a 200Gb? What is wrong in labelling devices with their actual delivery performance?.

Answer:when is 200 Gb not 200Gb ?

Your hdd is reported as 186Gb yet labeled as 200Gb as mfg use 1 way to describe a hdd and windows uses another(never could get my head round the maths)As your "missing" space is bigger than some folks total hdd space I wouldn't worry. :-)

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i would love if someone can help me.. i record music.. and my hard drive has failed me with a years worth of work on it... in the bios its coming up as a maxtor calypso...under the factory name.. when I turn on the computer the hard drive makes a constant clicking noise. It will not recognize itself as 6Y200P0 maxtor 200gb like it should it comes up in the bios as Maxtor Calypso. I did a search on google that led me a program which says it can be repaired but for 400 dollars any way around this?

Answer:maxtor 200gb is this the end?

In your case this will be difficult to fix. Clicking hard drive is usually the arm of the drive moving back a forth and hitting the outer wall of it's housing. You have a few choices, chances are they probably wont work (sorry) but give them a try anyway. Freeze the hard drive overnight, if the hard drive magically works again be sure to have a backup drive with you to transfer the DATA as the drive typically won't work for more than a short period of time. And the dumber options, use the hitting method... give the drive a light hit. Or you can use another method which I don't reccomend, drop the drive on the floor from about 4 inches off the ground. Other than that, find a company who fixes drives. Obviously you want the data restored and this option will probably prove to be the best. Other than that, sounds like your drives dead. I recently had the same problem.

Large maxtor drives aren't very solid... if you wan't a small drive they're great, but for the larger sizes I would go with Seagate.

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Question: 32gb of 200gb

I've recently purchesed a DiamondMax 21 200gb Maxtor drive and I tried installing it and the bios detected the drive, but only 32gb of the 200. I cant seem to figure out what the deal is. I've got a secondary Western Digtal 120gb already in. I've tried it without that drive as well. Any suggestions?

Answer:32gb of 200gb

Is the WD detected properly? Maybe your BIOS has problems with hard drives bigger than 130GB? Look for a BIOS update for your motherboard.

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Hi, I'm looking for a good deal on a nice HD, Please help me find one, or what specs I need to look for.

Thank You
Raffi B.

Answer:Need 200gb+ sata hdd

Try ebay!!!!!

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I just bought a new maxtor 200gb SATA HD, This is the HD i plan on running my OS from, Got it all hooked up and primary HD in boot order and ran the windows install CD.

When I get to the Please format part it shows the available space as being 131,069. With windows installed
looking at properties the total size appears to be 127.76gbs
now as far as i know 1024 MBs=1GB so there should be 204,800. I understand that they short you a little bit but 73,731 is a big freakin difference 70 gigs.
Am I doing something wrong? SATA not properly installed or did i just get ripped off bad?

Answer:new 200gb HD not acting right

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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

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

48-bit LBA.

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I have bought new 200gb maxtor and i want to partition it.
My system is amd 3600+ with abit motherboard.

The problem is that i can't boot with normal 98 boot diskette.
Diskette boot hangs with message something like:
"Scanning pci buc with method #2".

So i tried to use windows xp boot diskette created with format dialog box.
I prepared the disk and downloaded fdisk from:
I could boot and i ran reached to first screen asking about large disk support. i hit enter and then error: "Division error".

Finaly i tried to put standart fdisk from windows 98 boot diskette on to windows xp made boot diskette but this also failed with message:
"Wrong MS-dos version"

So now i'm scraching my head

Could anyone please tell me how can i partition my 200gb hd?
Thank you

Answer:Partitioning 200gb hd

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.....a little confused, nay, annoyed.Just taken proud possesion of my new dimension 8300, only to find the 200gb hardrive I thought I had bought is in fact only 186.22gb.?!?!Given I have spent every last spare brass razooon as much hardrive capacity as I could afford,my question is simple, am I confused? or do I have reason to be annoyed at my missing gb??Regards L.

Answer:186.22gb not 200gb ?!?!?!?!?!?

It is to do with the two standards of a kilobyte...DieSee or Jazzypop will give you maths.But basically 200GB is really (formatted) 186.22gbI have two 120GB HDD and they format at 111GB each.

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Help!! WD 2000GB Hdd's problem???

First thankx for reading,
I have got a Spacewalker / Shuttle AK35GTR Mainboard and have just invested in two beautiful Western digital 200GB hard drives Model numbers:

They have an 8 MB cash and when attached to the onboard raid (strip mode) should show a lovely 400GB of available partitioning/formatting space : )

For some dam reason I think it must be my BIOS the drives only show 137GB of available space each.

Can anyone please help me!!!????

I would hate to think that i just spent 320 on two drives that are going to be wasting nearly 140GB of space : (

I appreciate your help thankx a lot.



Answer:Help!! WD 200GB Hdd's problem???

2000 GB Hard drives?

Well I've heard about this problem, and read about it too...cant find the article though

Though I can tell you theres a way to fix this

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I just finished installing windows on a new comp and the hard disk space reads 125gb but i have a 200gb Maxtor drive installed, only windows is installed on this system and 75gb is alot to have missing. Anyone know what the problem could be?


link to hd:

Answer:125gb out of 200gb..what gives?

hello TKJay15 welcome to techspot

what OS do you have instalded with what service packs

also please post all of your specs

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I have a self-built (3 years ago) P4 CPU 1.80 Ghz processor on a MSI Intel 865PE Neo 2 Series mobo (AMI), (I also got the latest BIOS version as it had issues with the CPU temp and was not able to read larger hdd's over 137GB. Flashing went well, no problems.
I got 1GB + 512MB RAM. WIN XP Pro with all the updates (incl. SP2). I installed all the MSI drivers and got updates from their website as well.
No other hdd present as old one died and has been removed.

First attempt to install new hdd (200GB Maxtor 6L200PO):
BIOS showed 203.9GB capacity, yet when partioning with fdisk, etc. it would only use about 63 GB, the rest just vanished.
Tried again, and managed now to get 137GB. BIOS still showing 203.9GB.

Went to Maxtor site (btw. jumper was set where it was when I got it. I believe on CS, it shows up as Master in BIOS), got large disk enabler, got Max Blast 4 boot disk, and whatever else they had.
Booted comp. with MaxBlast boot disk, partitioned it (gave me warning if I do more than 137GB, it may not work properly, etc.). I was able to partition 189GB (I tried to let Windows partition it, just to be sure and it would either get the 189, or only 63GB).
I ran the enabler too, could not boot to it though, even though I created the boot disk...It will just give me a long continuous loud beep.
Oh, and did the diagn. tests that came with Maxtor boot disk, all passed.

Anyway, where I stand now is that I have a BASIC NTFS partition, 189.92 GB capacity, after installing some ... Read more

Answer:Solved: New 200GB hdd... got some ??'s

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My son has a laptop, compaq, that has a 215GB hard drive. Not counting the partitions for the OS and the recovery, it is choc o block full. I managed to free up 10 gigs through the downloads folder and such but I cannot find the mystery 150 gigs of data and I have searched that thing. I am tempted to copy all his data to an external drive and reinstall the OS. BUT, since I am still a learnin, I thought it would be interesting to solve the mystery. Any thoughts on where else to search? 
When I say I searched through everything, I mean file by file even through the sys32. I never found anything above a few hundred megs. I figured it was either a log file gone amuck or the boy downloading large game files but I cant find a smoking gun file or collection of files that come remotely close to 5 gigs let alone 150.
It will be interesting to see whats up.

Answer:200GB hd full, but with what?

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.Have you searched the drive for the following file formats? .MP4, .VOB, .WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .FLV or 3GP? Using the windows search tool, you can use wild cards such as *.*.MP4. That is star dot star then the extension .MP4 and allow the search to take place. Those files are video files and take up a lot of space. MP3s are another file teenagers have a habit of downloading a lot of.Laptop's are often loaded down with programs that are automatically installed on the computer during factory reset or when the laptop was assembled at the warehouse and the operating system was added. Some programs are useful and some are basically stripped down versions that require upgrades (requiring a registration fee) to be fully functional.Let me know what you find when searching out those video files.Bruce.

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i have a 200gb IDE seagate and for some reason it is being picked up 128gb in windows xp. It has worked for many years now, just done a format and the size has gone down to 128gb.

is this a familar problem?

anyone got any ideas to what has gone wrong?


Answer:200gb picking up as 128gb

The only way to limit HDD's capacity (for some) is a jumper setting. But usually it would limit the HDD alot more than 70+GB.

When you formatted, was there another partition of sorts? Some PC's have a recovery partition or are partitioned in general.

You could run through the WinXP install again and check if your HDD is partitioned.

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We;;! It all started with a virus on the WD 200GB hd. In the "ill-fated" process to eliminate the virus the whole drive got DoD Wiped. I partitioned it OK with the WD software diagnostic/install stuff but the BIOS does not recognize the HD now and can't get an OS installed( Win2K Pro)? I had the BIOS (Award) updated in '03 and believe this has nothing physically to do with the HD anyway! BIOS being a flashable chip type thing? Or did the wipe also "Do" the BIOS chip info( Was DoD)? Any help greatly appreciated. Wife says she is going, if I don't get it working? Thanks guys


Answer:Solved: WD 200GB HD not recognized?

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I have had an OCZ Revo Drive 3 x2 PCI-e 240GB SSD for a few years now. My PC randomly froze the other week (after doing some Windows 7 updates, could just be a coincidence) and after a hard reboot the PC would not boot into the OS; after a bit of diagnosing I noticed the primary partition somehow showed up as RAW. Long story short; I reformatted the OS and upgraded to Win10. This worked for a few days then it would not boot again but the partition was still NTFS. Further diagnosing looked like it was incorrectly configured UEFI BIOS (changed first boot option to Windows boot loader instead of UEFI HDD, even though it worked for a few days), fixed the problem.

I have noticed today however that the drive is almost full (15.8GB of 223GB). That cannot be right. I point everything towards a mechanical drive and have no paging file and disabled system restore. I ran WinDirStat (included screenshot) and it shows that the drive is 39.8GB, not 223GB. Is this dying or have I effed it up by trying to repair my OS (things like CHKDSK /R etc.)?

Can any one shed any light on my problem?

Kind regards


Answer:Is my SSD Dying? 200GB missing

In the WinDirStat menu,

In Options select on Show Unknown and see if that makes a difference in what is displayed.
You could also select Show Free Space and see what that does.

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hi there i recently purchased a 120gb hdd and windows xp pro only ever saw it as a 111gb so i thought nuthin of it as i thought well that must be what it see's but then todat i bought a 200gb and still it only sees it as a 127gb
bios sees them as a 120 and a 200 and device manager diplays there name as a 120 and a 200 but when i go into the the volume section and populate them they only come up as a 113gb and 131gb what can i do ?
as i really would like to have all that extra space for movies and stuff
please help

Answer:200gb showing as 127gb

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Installed a PATA 200GB computer running W2000 2GB Ramshowing up in bios as a 200GB,W2000 is showing 129GB i have uninstalled W2000 and reloaded again using F6 Raid setup although this is not a SATA drive on boot up SATA drives are loadedbut still showing 129GB not 200GB SP4 has also been installed.How do you get W2000 to show the correct size on a PATA drive?????

Answer:W2000 and a PATA 200GB

Try this click here

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I want to take apart my "Maxtor Personal Storage 3200" external USB hard drive, and how would i do this? And would there be a normal hard drive inside that i could stick in my computer? Thanks fro the help

Answer:Taking apart my 200GB External...

Is a picture of it.

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I just connected a slave hd to my new motherboard (last motherboard had same problem but I thought it was the mb then, but now as this one has same problem I know it isnt) Master is a 80gb hd with windows etc.. and this new 200gb says its only 31.4gb. Ive tried the maxtor software for "true size tdetection" but didnt work.. So I thought u guys could help. Formatting drive didnt help. Its NTFS.

Answer:Maxtor 200gb harddive is 31.4gb

ok I have the same problem my 300gb hard drive reads 30gb

All you have to do is right click my computer, click manage, double click storage, double click disk management, and create another partition with the disk space missing

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I bought a 200GB WD. I run it with another 60GB hd. Problem is that the 200GB is only recognized if i go to the bios and press autodetect. Then I can access the drive and boot from it. However, the next time I boot it boots from the old HD, and when I go to the bios I see that it didn't save the new hd setting.. (Yes, I saved before exiting ).
Any ideas?

Answer:200GB WD recognized once but forgotton

More information is needed.
What type of system are you trying to install this on?

Is the drive connected to the mb or through a controller card.

What os do you have and what level of service pack do you have installed?

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So I go me a 200 GB WD... Nice, I partitoned it to the full size and it worked, then I wanted to format it. That didn't work so well...

It's been going for like three hours now and have reaced 1%

I do have an old KR7A-RAID as mobo, however I got the "larger than 137GB support" for both the mobo and my WinXP

I have no clue what so ever what to do. I don't really feel like waiting for some 300 hours.

Plz help

Answer:Problems formatting my WD 200GB

Welcome to TechSpot

What OS do you use, with what utility are you trying to format and in which format (FAT32 or NTFS)?.
Fat32 is limited to 32GB using Windows Format.
A utility like Partition Magic would take about 5-10 minutes max. to format a disk like yours.

Unless it is an OEM disk, these HDs quite often have their own format-tools on a floppy or CD. Look also in the "Stickies" at the top op this forum.

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Changed first HD80gb in HP pentium4 - left second HD80gb (disconnected during new instal of software in new first HD 200).
Bios reports HD200 + HD80 - install WinXPHE from recovery disk supplied by HP .. it only sees 130 GB.
I tried PartitionMagic8.0... no free space. Same with DiskPart.
PTEDIT probably sees some free space in the partition table but I tried to change some and could not get the result and was obliged to change back to use the HD again.
Downloaded RecoveryExpert from Acronis... no help.
The PC even support an external HD via FW of 80GB (the old firs HD) so it seems tha it should be possible to manage 130 + 80 + 80 and why not the first 200 ?
My question is if there is a simpkle way to get use of the deisappeared 70GB and why it appened.

Answer:200gb Hd In Bios - Only 130 Seen By Xphe

no worries m8, this is a problem with XP not being able to recognise a hard drive over 130GB, all you have to do is make sure you have service pack 1 or greater installed and then download large drive enabler from here

This changes a registry settign to enable lage disk support over 130GB

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I've just installed a new Seagate 200gb hard drive but my system is only seeing 130gb of it.

I am running xp sp2.
In disk management it does actually show the other 70gb of the drive as "unallocated".

How do i make the "unallocated" become allocated?
How do i get to utilise the rest of the drive?

Answer:Seagate 200gb hdd probs

Create a partition and then format it.

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So i think my seagate drive is broken. i have a seagate st3200822a internal drive in an external enclosure case and yesterday it was making this sound like if the power kept disconnecting or something but it was working fine, so i turned it off for a min and turned it back on and since then when i try to turn it on it spins for like 5 seconds and resets itself and makes this beeping sound and it keeps doing that no matter how long i leave it. i am using it on a powerbook, and my powerbook doesn't see the drive at all. so i tried connecting it to my windows xp machine and i can see it on there as hardware but i can't do anything to it, even macdrive can't see the drive or the files. and i think it makes the same sound in the windows machine but i just can't hear it because it has some loud fans. so i looked on the seagate site and they have this tool called seatools which is a diag tool that runs on dos, and it is running right not on my windows machine and its doing a surface test, its been running for about an hour an no errors so far. what the hell is going on im confused! im thinking of calling seagate, but they wil probably just replace the drive and i was hoping there was a way i could fix this because i had about 200gb of data on it.
any ideas?


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I built a complete new system w/200GB HDD. XP setup only allowed 137GB. I installed anyhow. Is there any way to get the rest of the hard drive space back w/o losing everything?

Answer:Using all 200GB when only 137GB shown


First you have to figure out whether the 137GB limitation is caused by your hardware or software.

You may need a BIOS update and/or enable 48-bit disk addressing in Windows.
After that you can just create another partition after the one you already have.

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I am running Windows XP SP2 on my 1.7 GHz tower computer. I have had a USB 2 external drive with a WD800 IDE (80Gb) hard drive connected and working on it for some time. I recently purchased a new WD Caviar SE EIDE Hard Drive to replace the 80 Gb drive. I've replace the 80 with the 200 and all seems to go fine until I open up Windows Explorer to see the drive letter assigned to it and there is not one. I then went into the Device Manager and it indicates that the 200 GB drive was attached. I also did this on my new Dell notebook and the same thing happens. Any ideas on this problem and a possible solution?

Answer:Can't get new WD 200Gb to work with USB2

can you assign and format the drive from disk manager

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I have just added a 200GB Hard drive to my system, the bios sees it, but windows doesn't. Help

Answer:XP and 200Gb Hard Drive

Added it as a Master or Slave?Where won't XP see it? Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disc Management > Does it see it there?

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Hi,PC had two partitions C: & D:Deleted C: and installed XP D: is no longer showing,even in computer management.The HDD was partitioned with paragon I believe,what's the best way to recover the missing 200GB please.Thanks

Answer:missing 200GB Partition

You could try EASEUS Partition Master click here

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I have just put in two new HDD drives [SATA] the first a Western Digital Raptor shows up 69.2GB which seems about right for a 74GB drive. However the 2nd, a Western Digital Cavier 200GB only shows as 127GB formatted with NTFS [I think thats it]. Have I been supplied with the wrong drive, or is there somthin I need to do to show more than 127GB?

Answer:HDD: 200GB showing as 127GB

click heretry this link it might cast some light on your problem

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due to a problem during formatting I now can only get to 30 GB of a diamond max 200 GB drive. I started by fdisk and set a 30 GB partition and set it active. I then set the remainder as a logical drive. The 30GB then had win98se on it. When I then tried to load xp pro on the remainder, it formatted it as ntfs and started loading. Due to a power failure I had to restart and then found that nothing could find the 170GB partition. I have gone as far as downloading the maxblast 4 software which sees it as a 200GB drive and have done a full low level format. When I now try to fdisk only the first 30GB is available. Does anyone know how to get it back to normal. All suggestions would be appreciated. The system is a socket 939 with an AMD 64 3500. Thanks in advance.

Answer:can only get 30gb of 200gb drive

Check the jumpers on the back of the drive (between the power & data connectors) one of the jumpers is probably set to 32Gb cap, necessary for people who's mobos or OS are unable to see more than 32Gb.Remove the jumper and you will be able to use all the drive, you may need to reformat it, or set the rest of the drive as a separate partition.

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Hello all,
I've recently bought off ebay a 2nd hand 200 gb hdd,because the OE 80gb disk is running low on space. I cloned the 200gb disk,all that was on the 80gb,i.e XP etc .
The 200gb disk is a western digital wd2000. My computer is a HP a235 tower with an AMD Athon xp 2800+ 2.08 GHz.256 MB of RAM
The problem is,when I boot up the tower with just the 200gb disk,it stops,and the blue light at the front flashes

your opinions most appreciated

Answer:A 200gb hdd not liking my computer

What software are you using to clone the drive? Anytime I've seen this it's been due to not cloning the entire source disc, including the MBR. Some cloning software will allow you to adjust for a larger destination drive. If not, you have to resize the partition manually.

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Hi everyone

I've read all of the threads on here (and theres alot) regarding problems similar to mine but after following all the advice given on those threads still can't find a way to fix my own problem.

I am operating Windows XP SP2 and the drives were both fully formatted when i installed the OS (The OS had SP2 already on so i didn't add it afterwards).

I have a Asus P5B MOBO and both drives are connected via Ultra100 TX2 card via IDE

The bios show both drives as being 200GB as it should and i have even updated my bios so it is the lastest revision.

I've included a screen shot of my computer management and also of HDinfo showing that my drives are mean't to be 200GB. I have had this problem for ages and it's really starting to grate.

Advice and solutions greatly appreciated

Answer:My 200GB HDD only shows as 127GB

Just to add a little bit more information to this, yesterday i added two 500GB HDD to my computer via sata and they are working fine at full capacity so that rules out the OS and the BIOS. I thought maybe it was the Ultra100 TX2 card but can't find any driver updates for it on the net.

Still a bit stumped here

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Hi,I just read that 127GB is the largest volume that windows will recognise unless you install the service packs or partition the drive. Is this true?Currently i'm running Win XP Home Edition service pack 1 with an 80GB hard drive. I'm going to buy a larger one to use as my slave drive. I intend to upgrade to service pack 2 after I install the new drive, but I don't see th epoint on shelling out for a 200GB drive if i'm only getting 127GB back.Also I know it makes sense to have the larger drive as the master but that seems like too much hard work.Any ideas?

Answer:Will Windows recognise a 160-200GB HD?

The lowest version of XP that will recognise your drive is in fact SP1 - and you have it.

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I have got an Advent 3209 pc with a 40gb master and 30gb slave drive.I have recently bought a 200gb samsung HD and although I can successfully set this up to be the slave drive, I am having problems installing windows on it to make it the master.I have disconnected all of the other drives and only have the 200gb one installed and the jumper settings are set as the master.  I do not have a stand alone copy of windows XP as the PC came with recovery disks that install it.When I try to run the recovery disks on the 200gb HD I get a "cannot open GHOSTERR.TXT" error after a few seconds.  It then states Internal error 27049 An internal inconsistency has been detected.I have successfully used the recovery CD's before so I don't think it is a problem with that.  I also thought that the 200gb drive may be too big so I have partioned it.Any help at installing windows onto this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Trying to load windows to a 200gb HD.

Problem is that it's looking for the Ghost images that are stored probably on a hidden partition on the original boot drive...Why not re-introduce the master and hook up the 200 as slave and use the disk utilities that shipped with the drive to clone the original HDD to the 200G ? ?patio.  

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I have just bought a maxtor 200GB hdd set as slave to a 40GB Seagate.

Windows would ony see it as a 127GB drive, after following guides on the maxtor site and Windows site I have managed to reduce this further to 31.4GB

The cmos settings did show the drive as the correct size but now it is stuck on the 30GB size

Please help me...

Answer:maxtor Diamondmax 10 200GB

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I've just upgraded my hdd to a 200GB, but it only shows 130GB!! Believe it to be my motherboard. Is this the case. If so, can I free the 70GB some how (apart from buying a new Motherboard). Cheers

Answer:200GB hdd only showing 130GB!!........Help

matthew_sargent, I think this has something to do with 28 bit addressing which means only the first 137GB will be recognised.Personally I haven't come across the problem but note there are several suggestions around, like:Use a RAID header as it has 32 bit (64 even) addressing or,upgrade the BIOS or,there should be a special IDE controller upgrade on a disk supplied with the HDD.Best I can do.Bill

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Here's my setup as far as HDD's go in my PC:
2x 36GB WD Raptor's in RAID 0 - Vista Ultimate on them (working perfect)
2x 320GB WD Caviar's in RAID 0 - storage
1x 160GB WD Caviar IDE - backup
1x 200GB WD Caviar SATA II - new backup drive

I first installed this new 200GB drive in my eSATA enclosure, where I had it obviously plugged into my Asus M2N-SLi Deluxe. When I had this plugged in, I could not boot up Vista. When I disabled the J-Micron RAID Driver via BIOS (just updated BIOS btw), I could get into Windows but could not see the drive since apparently eSATA is controlled through the J-Micron driver. When I enabled it again, i could see the drive in BIOS but couldn't get into Windows.

After a bit of playing around I decided to plug the new drive into one of my motherboard's 6 on-board SATA plugs. I chose the first available one, which was SATA 5. By default in my BIOS, SATA 5 + 6 were disabled; I enabled them. Now I cannot see this drive at all. I've tried both SATA 5 and SATA 6 but still get nothing in BIOS or in Windows (can boot up with it plugged into either 5 or 6).

I'm rather stumped...I hope I'm posting in the right place. If not, please direct me cause I'm pretty bugged that my mobo can't use all of these drives. I don't think it's a power issue either, I've got a 680w and tried unplugging everything but the OS disks and the new one, didn't work.


Answer:Problems with new 200GB SATA II

put it in one of the SATA ports that has worked before.

If it works there, great!

If not, you may want to look at new SATA cables, or maybe another drive.

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P3 600mhz, 1GB ram, win xp pro
BIOS info:
asus p3bf bios revision 1002
award medallion v.6.0

I bought a hitachi 200GB hard drive that is in a sarotech hardbox(external).
The HD did not come w/ a cd.
My pc only recognizes it as 58.2.
the drive is in good working condition and set correctly( i plugged it into a Mac using the firewire and it showed 200GB)

i heard if i buy a controller card my problem will be solved...
i have no idea

Answer:external 200GB HD shows as 58.2GB

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I just purchased a 200GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 hardrive that I intend to use as an external backup drive for my laptop. After plugging it in, my laptop regognized the hardrive and said that it was ready to use, but it did not show up in Windows Explorer. So, I went to Computer Management thru Properties/ My Computer, and it shows my original drive as Disk O (55.89 GB), and this new drive as DIsk 1 (128.00 GB).

When I try to create a new partition so that I can format and start using the drive, it only allows a maximum of 131.069 GB space!

How do I solve this? Do I need to upgrade the BIOS or something else?

I am running Windows XP Professional SP1 on a Toshiba Satellite P4, 1GB RAM, 2.8Mhz.

Thank you for your help!

Answer:200GB drive seen as 131GB only!!??

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i used partition magic on my fileserver to increase the size of my data partition and decrease the windows partition. long story short, my data on the large data partition is seriously messed up.

assuming i try to run an exe, it just cant be run.

and if i try to play a mp3, the right ID3 tags show up, but it is playing a different song, sounds as if i had just stuck in a casette fast forwarded to some random location in the middle of the song.

so the data is all still there, and so are the filenames (actually 2 folders disappeared completely, but thats not too big a deal.

so, i tried to use filerecoveryangel, but i didn't find any files at all.

right now the only thing i can think of would be to delete all my files (which dont work anymore anyway) in windows, and then try to use FRA to try to find the beginnings and endings of them on my HDD again.

but i'm obviously rather reluctant to do that also, as that might take out my last chance of getting at the data.

if im forgetting something just tell me, but pleeeeease help me!

Answer:200GB deletion, any way for me to somehow get it back??

bumpz0r, anyone?

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I just purchased a Seagate 200gb 7,200 8mb cache HDD but Windows XP Pro only sees the HDD as 128gb (in Computer Management under Disk Management). I even tried to boot with the Windows XP installation cd, but it only sees the HHD as 121gb. I looked under a similar thread regarding a Western Digital HDD but I have the all the requirements that was suggested (Windows XP SP1). I have the latest bios for my motherboard and when I boot up my bois detects the HDD as 186gb. I also installed reg_48bit_lba.exe from the Seagate support site, which is supposed to recognize HHD larger than 137gb.

Here is my PC configuration:

Windows XP Pro SP1
Athlon 2400XP cpu
Gigabyte GA-7DXR motherboard with F10 bios
2 x 512mb Kingston DDR
Seagate ST3200822A 200gb HDD
WD 120gb 8mb cache HDD
WD 80gb 2mb cache HDD

Answer:Seagate 200gb only see 128gb

Jarik said:

I just purchased a Seagate 200gb 7,200 8mb cache HDD but Windows XP Pro only sees the HDD as 128gb (in Computer Management under Disk Management). I even tried to boot with the Windows XP installation cd, but it only sees the HHD as 121gb. I looked under a similar thread regarding a Western Digital HDD but I have the all the requirements that was suggested (Windows XP SP1). I have the latest bios for my motherboard and when I boot up my bois detects the HDD as 186gb. I also installed reg_48bit_lba.exe from the Seagate support site, which is supposed to recognize HHD larger than 137gb.

Here is my PC configuration:

Windows XP Pro SP1
Athlon 2400XP cpu
Gigabyte GA-7DXR motherboard with F10 bios
2 x 512mb Kingston DDR
Seagate ST3200822A 200gb HDD
WD 120gb 8mb cache HDD
WD 80gb 2mb cache HDDClick to expand...

is it formatted to NTFS?

maybe that the problem!

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ok, first of all i thought this would be everywhere, but after some time looking around i gave up and just decided to ask... I just got a new computer, but i decided to install my own version of XP Pro instead of the one they had provided (home edition)

but when i formated the 200 gig hard drive it only shows 32gb. So i attached it to another machine and partitioned the drive to a 127gb and a 71gb, but the new machine still only shows it as 32gb... here's my question...

If i install the XP pro on the 32gb, then install the service pack, will i be able to expand the hard drive so i can use the full 200 gb? do i need software to do it? remmber i'm using this drive as the boot drive.

any help would be greatly appriciated.


Answer:Installing XP on 200gb Drive

wacky huh, well how did you reformat your drive? By Fdisk? Or some third-party software?

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Just bought online and wondering if anyone has advice and/or hints on using it. Got a good price so found it hard to resist.

My next purchase is to replace my 15" Samsung 753df CRT with a 17" Samsung 713N LCD monitor, again on sale but not until next week.

Also thinking about replacing my LG DVD-R with a Samsung dual-layer DVD-RW (again I've found it at a bargain price) and wondered if the installation would follow the "connect it exactly the same way as the previous drive" rule? (After uninstalling the old drivers of course).

Answer:Maxtor 1-touch ll 200gb Ext. HD- advice?

Back-up is the main thing to use that har drive for.

As for the opticle drives, as long as you have the jumper settings set correctly, there should be no problem.

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My brand new seagate barracuda 200gb SATA hard drive is making quite a loud clicking sound. i am just wondering if it is my hard drive or weather they all do it. My old (very old) hard drive didnt make any noise compared to this.

Answer:seagate barracuda 200gb clicking

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I have tried to defrag my 200GB WD disk that has only one partition and it takes forever - 8 hours, 25 % done.

Using Norton SpeedDisk.

Is this at all normal?

And yes, I will partition the drive.... :blush:

Answer:Slow defrag on 200GB disk

Have you tried defragging in "safe-mode"?
This might be a good way to stop unnecessary background programs to run.

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Recently my very new SATA HD died for no known reason. It was the only hd in my new PC, Pentium 4 HT 3Ghz, MSI 865GM2 Mainboard Windows XP died in a wierd way...I turned of my PC (or so I thought!) and left the room...I come back 2 hours later and find that the PC is still on, navigated to my desktop...strange, but not terrible, right? Wrong...seeing as it was on, I thought what the hell, Ill open up some stuff and watch some anime...and no matter what I clicked, I kept getting a message "Windows cant find the neccessary program to open a .lnk file" Error. I shut down, hoping it would be fine on reboot...but I wasnt able to get past the BIOS screen when I turned it back on. I tried to run a recovery on XP system files, but the windows setup said it couldnt detect any hard drives installed?!

A friend of a friend had a look at it, and he was able to plug it in as an extra hard drive in one of his systems, and he found that he could see all my folders in the drive, but when he tried to open them, it said they were corrupted and unreadable. He also told me that my entire 200GB SATA hard drive was formatted in FAT32, which he said is not good for a large drive...he said it should be NTFS.

Does anyone have any idea as to what is wrong? It seems like a software/formatting problem to me, but it may be hardware...Is there anyone with any suggestions as to how to get my work files back? I would be extremely grateful...

PS YEs I know I should back up more often, b... Read more

Answer:SATA 200GB HD DIED after 6 months!!

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After days of searching, I kinda gave up and came here instead. My external hard drive, about 1 year old, stopped working again... When it is plugged into the computer, explorer.exe will hang until I unplugged it. I need help in taking my files out from my external hard drive.

Answer:Samsung S1 Mini 200GB not working

Inside the casing of the external is a standard 1.8" hard drive. It has standard SATA Power and SATA Data ports.

The casing has an interface adapter built in. One side plugs into the standard SATA ports, the other side is the USB port you use.s
If this adapter is not making good contact with the standard SATA ports you can get these issues. Sometimes you can slightly push and twist the adapter while connected and get it to make good contact temporarily.

You should also try another USB cable to check that it is not something simple like that. Also try other USB ports from your PC.

If you have to give up on the external drive (and it's not still under warranty) you can remove the actual hard drive from the casing and hook it up to the SATA connectors inside a PC just like any other internal hard disk drive.
Doing this may allow you to access all your files directly, or if necessary use data recovery software.
If the drive does not work connected directly it may be damaged or defective.

Let us know.

EDIT: 1.8" drives actually use a Micro-SATA connector, not a standard connector. To hook the drive up to a PC you may need to use a Micro SATA to SATA adapter like this one:

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I formatted my computer and upgraded it to Windows7 Ultimate a few weeks ago and realised that 200gb+ was deleted from my C: drive. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

Answer:Lost 200gb of C: Drive After formatting.

The 200 GB is probably unallocated space.

Post a picture of your Disk Management screen.

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Hey guys, im looking to buy a 150-200 gb ( i dont think they make 200 gb but instead 250 gb?) external harddrive. It doesn't need to be portable like for traveling but i just want to backup and store my files so i know they're safe =D. I'm looking for the price range to be below $100. Any recommendations? Also, it has to be fast and have a smooth connection (and quiteness is the key!) Thanks

Answer:Looking to buy 200gb external hardrive..any recommendations?

Is that US$, CAN$ Singapore$ ?It would give a hint to your location on an international website. Then someone may be able to post advice.

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Title says it, my syswow64 folder is 200gb. I don't check my C: capacity that much, but I know that a week ago it was about 200gb smaller.

What could've happened? What to do?

Yes, system restore is turned off.


Answer:Windows 7 - SysWOW64 Folder 200GB!

Use one of those drive space visualizers to see what the space is taken up by, or use the cmd line and dir /os, it will help us determine the problem.

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I had initial problems with my sata drive, namely failure to format prior to windows xp installation (which resulted in me getting another IDE drive to this) to Windows XP failing to detect the drive in explorer. Ran Maxblast and formatted it from bootup - which incidentlaly i did when trying to install win xp i the first place but failed.

Anyways the problem i have now with the drive is this:

1) The drive access time appears slow
2) running mp3s or games off the hard drive stutters for 2-4 seconds - almost like its 'buffering'.
3) the drive disappears in windows when running Symantec's disk doctor
4) (this may be relevant to the drive or not) Windows takes 1-2 mins to bring the desktop up after the windows splash screen

All the drivers regarding sata have been installed from the motherboard CD. The drive is appearing as NTFS. It has an 8mb cache i believe and is 7200rpm with a 500w PSU in the case if that helps. Athlon 3000+ proc with gigabyte K8T890 motherboard

Any ideas how to get the drive working faster without stuttering? Im almost at the point of testing Newtons Law with this SATA drive and reverting to older, trusted IDE!


Answer:Maxtor Diamondmax10 SATA 200gb

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I've got a Dell8300. I am trying to install a 200Gb Maxtor D'Max Plus 9 (8MB Cache) Model: 6Y200P0 - 7200rpm as the primary master. I have installed xp, installed service pack 1, run big disk enabler (maxtor) and am trying to partitioning the drive using the software from the maxtor website. However I can't seem to partition the drive (without wiping everything). Can anyone tell me the way to do this...or recommend some good free partitioning programs. Or do I need to bite the bullet and purchase partition magic? Cheers R

Answer:partitioning 200gb hard drive

sorry pc was on a go slow, when it came back there was four posts...ignore all others! CheersR

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I installed a new hard disk of 200GB as slave and I can only see 137Gb which is grand for the time being until I upgrade the mobo etc. The master disk is a 20Gb ancient yoke. I read somewhere that the newer bigger hard disk should be master and the other slave. Is there any reason for this and will the bigger hard disk work ok if I leave it? My intention was to have the big hard disk for backups/storage and have no operating systems on it to mess it up. Will it be stable even though it can only see part of the disk? When using Win2k recently there have been momentary pauses in doing things that I never noticed before. I presume it is something to do with the new hard disk.

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I bought Trueimage 9 to back up my harddrive but there were files locked and it would not work. E-mails to Acronis failed to solve the problem. Has anyone had this problem. I tried validating the saved data but Trueimage said it was corrupted.I am thinkig about buying a Buffalo backup hardrive with included software. Has anyone used these ?, if so your comments would be greatly appreciated. I'm also concerned that the locked files which flummoxed Trueimage may have the same effect with the Buffalo drive.The locked files included lavasoft files

Answer:Backing up entrie 200GB hardrive

I've successfully backed up my hard drive with Acronis many times.......including Lavasoft files.I create a full Acronis rescue boot disc....boot into that and create the backup from there.That way non of the Windows system files or other programs that might lock their files (such as Lavasoft Adaware) are running.Everything should back up correctly done that way.Give it a try before switching to a different program.

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I've got a Dell8300. I am trying to install a 200Gb Maxtor D'Max Plus 9 (8MB Cache) Model: 6Y200P0 - 7200rpm as the primary master. I have installed xp, installed service pack 1, run big disk enabler (maxtor) and am trying to partitioning the drive using the software from the maxtor website. However I can't seem to partition the drive (without wiping everything). Can anyone tell me the way to do this...or recommend some good free partitioning programs. Or do I need to bite the bullet and purchase partition magic? Cheers R

Answer:partitioning 200gb hard drive


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Just got a 200gb SATA harddrive from maxtor. I have a a8v asus mobo which you can view here:

ASUS A8V Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
And I just plugged it into the sata port on the mobo, and when I boot up the computer at first it says scanning for devices then gives me the error




PRESS <g> to continue!

Now I already have a exisiting harddrive from maxtor another 200gb but hooked up through IDE. I've been searching google for some answer, but haven't really been lucky. I'm trying to figure out why this is not detecting the hard drive at all. sad Any help would be greatly appr. Also would anyone happen to know a pc board with experts on it? Thanks!

I've been searching on google and i can't seem to find a solution anywhere, the only thing I could think of is returning and trying a new one but I don't think that would be it. i tried installing maxtors software but that really didn't help and I think my BIOS is updated because I flashed it yesterday using the asus update... man i really need to figure this out sad any help would be great! anyone ever have this problem before?

Answer:need help with maxtor 200gb sata drive....

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Hi - I'm generally not technically capable with computers, but I usually do OK and it's been enough to get by but I'm beyond my own knowledge now and need help. I just bought a Maxtor 6L200P0 200gb internal harddrive. I have a Gateway P4 (bought in 2002) running Windows XP Home Edition, with Service Pack 2 installed.

My computer is only showing this new drive as 137gb of free space. When I enter the BIOS setup, it too shows my new drive as being 137,447MB. I have searched high and low on the internet for solutions, ran them all, to no avail. This is what I have done.

1. I have tried to use partioning software to break the drive into two 100gb spaces, but I can't because the software says there is only 137gb available to partion !

2. I have followed instructions in Microsoft support article 303013, which is supposed to help you increase the capacity of my hard disk to more than the current 137 gigabyte (GB) limit. It says to first check to see if my ATAPI.sys file is version 5.1.2600.1135. It is not. Mine is version 5.1.2600.2180. So it says if it's not, then I must install the hotfix in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 331958. When I downloaded and ran this hotfix, nothing happened and my drive still sits at 137gb.

3. I have downloaded and run a program from the Maxtor webiste called the Maxtor Big Drive Enabler, but when I run it this message comes up "Support is currently enabled for 48-bit Logic... Read more

Answer:At wits end - can't get 200gb HD to read over 137gb

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I've got a Dell8300. I am trying to install a 200Gb Maxtor D'Max Plus 9 (8MB Cache) Model: 6Y200P0 - 7200rpm as the primary master. I have installed xp, installed service pack 1, run big disk enabler (maxtor) and am trying to partitioning the drive using the software from the maxtor website. However I can't seem to partition the drive (without wiping everything). Can anyone tell me the way to do this...or recommend some good free partitioning programs. Or do I need to bite the bullet and purchase partition magic? Cheers R

Answer:partitioning 200gb hard drive


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hi all. ijust brought a 200gb sasumg ide hhd. iinstalled it n checked the bios setting. it says its a 200gb but after i formatted it it says its only 128gb. i have windows xp pro install.

Answer:200gb hard only detect 128gb

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Western Digital IDE 2000CP SE EXTERNAL Hard Drive loaded in a Newman USB 966F Case. USB connection to the computer via front USB port.

XP recognises the Drive as a Plug & Play USB Mass Storage Device and it is shown in the 'Device Manager' as working properly and enabled.

Device not shown in 'my computer'.

How do I access the drive in order to format/add data.

Could it be the card in the external Newman case that is at fault. Didn't have a driver for that. Although, as the external drive is shown as working properly in 'device manager' that seems unlikely.


Answer:USB 200GB EXTERNAL Hard Drive

right click the My Computer icon on your desktop, and go to Manage.

on the left, under storage, go to Disk Management.

there you should see all of the hard drives and partitions on your computer. Find the unallocated new hard drive, and partition and format it. Use NTFS if this will be solely used in Windows PC's, or FAT32 if you want the best interchangeability between Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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I've got a Dell8300. I am trying to install a 200Gb Maxtor D'Max Plus 9 (8MB Cache) Model: 6Y200P0 - 7200rpm as the primary master. I have installed xp, installed service pack 1, run big disk enabler (maxtor) and am trying to partitioning the drive using the software from the maxtor website. However I can't seem to partition the drive (without wiping everything). Can anyone tell me the way to do this...or recommend some good free partitioning programs. Or do I need to bite the bullet and purchase partition magic? Cheers R

Answer:partitioning 200gb hard drive


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ok i have just bought a brand new maxtor 200gb hard drive i have installed it as a slave drive.

The bios has recognised it and it shows up in device manager it is also showing the full 200gb in the bios i am running xp but when i go click my computer to look at my drives there is nothing there for the new hard drive.

I did also run the big drive enabler for this hard drive.

Is there anything i can do to get a drive letter for this device.


Answer:200gb hard drive not showing

Right click.. My Computer > Manage > Disc Management

Does it show up here ?? ...

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Hi all,

I've been going mad over this!
The only thing that I REALLY want to keep are the family photos taken on mother?s day. The only time I have had all of my family together for about 6 years.

I have a 200gb SATA (extra) internal hard drive. It's only about 9 months old.
The other day my pc started up reaaallllllyyyy slowly (about 15mins).

Confused face!

After a bit of tinkering I figured out that the notice at start-up telling me that my SATA drive had loaded properly was gone.
I unplugged the drive & reset, everything was back to normal (minus the SATA).

Now when I plug the drive in it goes back to being slow & the hard drive makes a nasty grinding noise.

If there is anyone here who can help I?d appreciate it a lot.

What I?ve already tried...

- Removed the sata raid drivers
- re-installed them
- upgraded bios
- cleared CMOS (by removing battery)
- Tried to boot drive on another machine (exact same model motherboard)
- replaced power supply
- re-installed XP (complete format)

Even if I were to be able to retrieve just the photos I?d be happy.
I'm not sure if it's worth buying an external Sata-usb case to try.

Please help

Thanks for your time



Answer:200gb SATA drive crash!!!

This doesen't sound good, You said that it Now when I plug the drive in it goes back to being slow so this is not a new issue, have you heard any clicking noises over a period when it was running as when drives are going you tend to get a warning with a clicking sound for a while before the clunk, I have a suggestion but that would make your warranty invalid as most drives come with a 3 year warranty. You also said re-installed XP (complete format) was it on this drive and was it partitioned ?? if so were the photos on another partion from the XP.

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hi, i use Win2000 to partition my new 200gb HD and partition it with NTFS format .Then i copy lots of data and mp3 in it . After that i format my old HD( the one with WIn2000) and install WinXP Pro

Now i try to browse my 200GB HD with WInXP - it ask me to format it ,why is it happen , isn't it support NFTS ?

SO wat should i do - i dont want to lose my data - or should i download Service pack 2 ?

PLs advice thanks

Answer:WinXp cannot recognize my NTFS 200gb HD

with winxp,you should have will make xp support drives bigger then 137GB.

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I had experience twice on lost partition for 200GB hardisk, previously was no problem, after restart the computer cannot find the D Drive (which 200GB located). I tried to view in the computer system disk information in Windows XP is writen as 100% free space and is wait to create new logical partition. Is the large capacity hardisk unstable?

Answer:Lost partition on 200GB Hardisk please help?

What operating system, service pack level, and mainboard? Does your board support 200 gigs?

How are your drives set up and partitioned? Does the partition appear at all in My Computer? How is it marked in Disk Management?

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Answer:Maxtor 200GB Diamondmax 10 patch please

try formatting with maxblast and use overlay software. click hereclick here*&p_li=

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hey . i just poped in a new hard drive and its a western digital 200GB 7200 rpm 8MB cache
now when i get to the desktop and check the size of the disc its maxed @ 137 GB . is there something i can do to use the ful capacity of the hard drive .
cheers for the response ,,.


Answer:137GB out of a 200GB hard drive ?

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Have 200 GB ext Maxtor 7200 RPM... WinXP Home...


Do I need to format and partition the 200GB HD? The only instructions that came was warranty and good luck with yur drive. I'm going to use this drive
to store music.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Solved: 200GB drive seen as 131GB only!!??

I've split your post off into a new thread. We don't revive dead threads to solve new problems.

As far as your problem, yes, right click My Computer, Manage, Disk Management, you can partition and format the drive there.

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i am about to purchase either a 200GB/7200 INTERNAL HARD DRIVE ---or---
a 512mb RAM MEMORY module (which would max my machine to 1024MB).

i can not afford both right now,just one or the other so i am looking to
make the best decision. Both are on sale at a store at about the same
price (200GB maxtor hard drive=$60.....512MB ram+$50.....after rebates)
my computer presently is:
40GB 5200 hard drive
512memory and 128 memory modules installed now
usually quite fast but sometimes it seems programs are
abit slow to start up
So i am asking,which of the two(200gb 7200 hard drive or 512ram)
would be the best choice ? or is it a toss up? i presently use about
75% of my present 40GB

thanks ahead of time

Answer:Should i buy 200GB HARD DRIVE or 512RAM ?

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I have an "old" Asus Cusl2-c MB with the latest Bios available from Asus. I put my brand new 200 GB WD drive in as a master on the Primary IDE bus and auto-detect it in the bios & it comes up as 8,455 MB. With my slightly older ABit MB, it at least comes up as 138GB, which I'd expect with the Asus. Is there any way around this - can I manually insert the HD parameters. If I have to get a PCI HD controller as suggested by WD, will the Read/write times be as fast as if directly connected. The board supports DMA mode5. Any Help highly welcome.

Answer:Asus MB Bios sees New 200GB WD HD as 8.4 GB

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Answer:Any idea how to format 200GB harddisk?

XP click here?

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A week ago 200GB just disappeared on my computer. I found a file that is 188GB on my computer, but not a clue what it is. I found it using WinDirStat .

any ideas that would cause this? no changes have been made in hardware, software.....

Answer:windows 7 200GB just disappeared on my computer

mastec7 said:

A week ago 200GB just disappeared on my computer. I found a file that is 188GB on my computer, but not a clue what it is. I found it using WinDirStat .

any ideas that would cause this? no changes have been made in hardware, software.....Click to expand...

Be more specific. Do you mean you lost 200GB of data? What type of file is the 188GB? Are you referring to a folder? What's inside the folder?

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Hi,I am currently building a new PC from scratch, and want to utilise a 30gb HDD from my old system, alongside the new 200gb SATA drive.My intentions are to partition the 200gb as follows:10gb - Windows XP Pro OS20gb - Applications10gb - for page file and scratch disk in Photoshop160gb - home movies, images etcThe 30gb HDD will be used for WinXP image and backups.My this the best use of the drives in terms of partition size...and how will the slower drive cope?Thanks in advance, and regards,Clive

Answer:200gb SATA HDD + 30gb ATA - how best to configure?

Whats the speed rating on the 2 drivesATA=SATA=

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Im considering adding a slave hard drive on my computer.
Of the 200gb orig hd only 178 was originally available. 8 was restore and 8.5 video memory. (Its a media center pc)
I put 16 gigs on it as MP3s and want to add about 6x more.
I beleive moving this 100 gigs off the main hd onto a slave would keep my computers operating speed from slowing down. I havnt experienced any noticable slowing yet but have had the problem before on a Celeron when it got close to filling up at 80gbs.
The manufactorer (HP) claims the computer wont slow down with all these files on the hd but they didnt strike me as very knowledgable.

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If your drive is optimized regularly and you use a good optimizer program on a frequent or automatic basis, then you shouldn't have an problems with speed. Just set the program to run automatically when the fragmentation reaches a certain threshold.

Personally, I never build a computer with less than 2 hard drives. First, I can always back up to the second hard disk, and second, I set my temporary files to write to the second hardrive, thereby decreasing fragmentation on the primary drive.

If you don't want to shell out the money, partition the primary drive into two partitions. You'll only have 1 hard disk, but windows will "see" two. Of course, if you have a major hard drive failure, you may not be able to recover with only one hard disk.

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Answer:windows xp & 200gb hard drive


Do you have two drives or just one? 40gb + 180 gb does not equal 200gb.

If you have just one drive, you pop in the drive, enter the BIOS and set the boot priority to recognize your CD drive first. Then you put in the windows CD, restart and boot from the CD. You will then be walked through the installation process and you can partition your drives right in setup to what you want.

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I just bought a new computer. A-Bit Motherboard, AMD Athlon 2600, 200gb Western Digital Hard drive. I loaded Windows XP Pro without Service Pack1 and it won't detect the full drive capacity. I have installed a 200gb drive in a computer with Windows XP Pro with SP1 and it detected the full 200gb.
Is there any way to get it to detect without installing SP1?
I tried the promise card and same problem.

Answer:Western Digital 200gb only see 137gb

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Answer:Can't see more than 130Gb of 200Gb hard drive

I'm no expert, but I think it might be a BIOS setting rather than Windows. On my computer you click "del" at the start of bootup to enter the BIOS. But don't go tinkering around in there if you don't know what you're doing ... it's dangerous!

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I've recently finished building a new machine for a friend (first bad idea). The harddrive is a 200gb maxtor, and the machine is running win2k pro, w/ sp4. At first I had trouble getting it to see more than 129gb. I made a new win2k boot disc with sp4, then it recognized all 200gb.

My friend ran the machine for about a week and a half, and as he was copying files to the hd, he started getting write errors saying the drive was corrupt. When he rebooted, after the cmos screen it just went black and said "error loading operating system". I tried to repair the machine using the recovery console, and did fixboot and fixmbr. But didn't have much luck. So I formatted and reinstalled windows. Another aprox week and a half later, while downloading some files he basicly had the same problem.

I'm having trouble reviving the machine, and think I'm giong to be forced to format and reinstall once again!!

Any idea why this keeps happening? I ran the powermax scan on the drive and it reports it to be error free. Could my friend have gotten a boot sector virus twice? Or is it more likely a configuraton problem?

One thing that I never did after installing windows was to edit the registry to enable 48-bit LBA support. I had assumed that since win2k sp4 recongized all 200gb of the drive, I didn't have to add the registry value for lba support. Think that could be the problem?

I'm never building a computer for someone again...

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Answer:New win2k machine w/ 200gb harddrive keeps getting corrupt

SP4 takes card of 48 bit support. The first thing that comes to mind is a memory issue. Have you checked the memory with a mem tester? Here is a link to memtest; it will run from bootable media so there is no need for an os to be installed.

Next post exact specs on the system. Some memory likes to have the default voltage raised to 2.6 / 2.7 to run error free.

Is the system overclocked by chance?

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I recently installed a 200gb Western Digital HDD, and in Computer Management, the drive is shown as having 186.29 on it. My first HDD, a 40gb, had something like 37.something gb on it, but I didn't really worry, but almost 15 missing gigs on my new drive? Is that normal?

Answer:200gb drive showing 186.29gb in Windows XP?

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I have installed a new Hitachi Deskstar 200gb hard drive (I plan to do some video editting). I'm running Windows XP Home on an AMD 2200, ASUS A7V333. XP only sees 128gb?

Is there some kind of BIOS setting or something that I need to change in order to see the full 200gb? Also I already have about 40gb on the hard drive so I don't to reformat if I don't have to.

Any help would be much appreciated!


Answer:XP won't recognize full 200gb hard drive

There was an article about this exact problem in PC Gamer a few months ago. I'll see if I can find it! I know I've got the mag laying around, just have to locate and type it out unless someone else knows how to solve it. Otherwise, I can do this tonight.

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