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  • Formatting New HDD

    Got a WD 160GB SATA drive today and finally got it installed, plugged in right spot and enabled the SATA ports on the Mobo.

    Now I have Device manager seeing it no problem and not in "My Computer". not surprising it still needs to be formatted right...


    So I am currently formatting an F and G drive, Uck, will be changing that later. but my concerns are in the sizes of the drives. I have one at 27.99 GB and the other at 100.01 GB. Thats right a grand total of 130GB of disk space.

    So my question.

    Is it normal for a 160GB drive to only have 130GB space? seems too much lost space I understand the 160GB is UNformatted space, but still...


    I had other questions but I eitherchanged my mind or figured it out while typing this...

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    Re: Formatting New HDD

    http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/hddfaqs.htm#17

    If you have not already you need to go into your BIOS, select that HDD, and enable large hdd support (not auto).

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    • #3
      Re: Formatting New HDD

      if I switch to large would I get more useable space?

      What are the other effects of doing that?

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      • #4
        Re: Formatting New HDD

        Yes. As the article in the link describes there is a natural limit to HDD of 137Gb (or 128Gb if you count properly). This means even if you stuck a 300Gb hdd in there you would still find just 128Gb of usable space. Enabling large support opens up a 48-bit register, taking the usable space up to some ridiculous number ;)


        My 120Gb HDD's dropped to 111Gb usable after formatting, so around a 7.5% loss. This would put your expected figure at around 148Gb.


        No other effects really.

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        • #5
          Re: Formatting New HDD

          Okay thanks alot. Guess it is time to stop the format and start over again.

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