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My version of Windows XP Corp (DevilzOwn) is telling me that I have a 256TB HDD. This has happened before, and I have image proof of it. Why would it do this though?
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Question by:Jonus
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by:tWiZtEr
ID: 8011753
Reality Xtreme 0wnz
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by:tWiZtEr
ID: 8011766
fragmentation
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by:tedsky
ID: 8011946
Greetings!
You should set your drive to run CHKDSK /R at your earliest convenience (and from a CMD prompt or Safe Mode.
If you happen to have both a FAT32 drive and a copy of WinME boot diskette, run SCANDISK /AUTOFIX /SURFACE.
Ted, the Modem Mixer
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by:tedsky
ID: 8011957
Reason for running CHKDSK or SCANDISK would be to fix  information being misreported by the OS due to unreliable NTFS or FAT file system data on your hard drive.
Ted
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by:Crash2100
ID: 8012241
Where is it saying that your drive is 256TB?  In the device manager, or my computer?

If it's in the device manager, then you may need to check your BIOS settings.
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by:Jonus
ID: 8012269
It's not the BIOS, your input is not acceptable in the matter though. My entire computer thinks it is a 256TB HDD, including DOS. Last time I checked this would mean that the drive itself IS that size, but we physically have not broken those barriers yet.
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by:Crash2100
ID: 8012315
I would try contacting the drive manufacturer and see what they have to say.

If you can, have you tried manually configuring the drive in the bios?  Manually setting the drive information (heads, cylinders, etc)?
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by:Crash2100
ID: 8012353
Also, have you tried putting the drive in another computer just to see how it recognizes?  Then you would know for sure if it's the drive, or your computer (or the drive's configuration on that computer).
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by:Jonus
ID: 8012354
I know various technicians, have contacted companies and they all say the same. "This is strange"

Even setting the drive manually in my BIOS helps, along with trying every version of my bios aswell
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by:Jonus
ID: 8012355
Doesnt help, sorry
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Expert Comment

by:Crash2100
ID: 8012633
Man!

Have you tried downloading a diagnostics program from the manufacturer?  Maybe your drive is defective?
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by:Jonus
ID: 8012652
No, my drive isnt defective either, its even been sent away to verify this. See, this is seriously messed up stuff.
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by:Jonus
ID: 8012657
I would make this worth way more points, like couple thousand, but I dont quite have that many right now.
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tWiZtEr earned 0 total points
ID: 8012781
RX2Win, that IS the answer to this question.
If you used RX's scanning software, you will see that Microsoft's Windows XP Pro Corp. version has bugs in its cache and therefore will pick a TeraByte value size because it doesn't do real time scanning. To fix this problem, Delete the following RegistryEntries: (in WinXP Pro Corp only)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
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Expert Comment

by:tedsky
ID: 8012855
Jonus,
have you tried CHKDSL or SCANDISK yet (as described in my posted comment, above)?
Ted
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by:tedsky
ID: 8012868
CHKDSL ===> CHKDSK, above (sorry)
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by:Jonus
ID: 8013071
Wow tWiZ
you own, it fixed my problem
now it says my drive is the proper size of 200GB
thank you, your one of the best experts ive heard from
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by:tedsky
ID: 8013435
Jonus,
Were you aware that CHKDSK and (previously) SCANDISK were designed to find these types of "misreported disk space" problems and FIX them?
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by:tedsky
ID: 8013467
Experts,
Ok, Here's the rub ...

At this site ...
http://realityxtreme.tripod.com/

linked in this Q ...
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Q_20527653.html

we (interestingly) find these -2- individuals showing as available at ...
ICQ
Jonus - 166125312
tWiZtEr - 43145514

If this doesn't spell collusion, I don't know what does.
Ted
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by:Jonus
ID: 8013556
Hey Ted, sounds like your a sore loser for not suppling the "CORRECT ANSWER"
Don't be a baby, your CHKDSK crap wouldnt have done any good, moron. Hope you dont take it seriously, oh wait, i do. Your the biggest dumbass ever, seriously, "collusion" all the k00l kids are saying it.
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by:Jonus
ID: 8013559
And another thing, i dont have anything to do with RX. I only wish
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by:tedsky
ID: 8013587
Would you like me to post a screen capture for you to see for yourself, Jonus?
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Expert Comment

by:tedsky
ID: 8013595
Nice of you to finally respond to even 1 of my posts, albeit with some rather crass language.
It's called cooperation, Jonus.
The community thrives on this.  Maybe one day you'll discover this, sooner than later.
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Expert Comment

by:WesLennon
ID: 8013701
Jonus, I have changed the points to 0 until we find out what is going on here, if it turns out to be nothing, then the matter will be discussed further, as it stands, I want explinations as to what is going on here.

Or perhaps you should let me know via weslennon@experts-exchange.com as you may not see this remark. I will be sending this by email, as I am holding the account for further investigation.

Thank you,

Wes Lennon
Director of Community Services
Experts Exchange

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by:WesLennon
ID: 8013730
tWiZtEr, you too can be expecting an email from me and both accounts suspended till this matter is cleared up.


Thank you,

Wes Lennon
Director of Community Services
Experts Exchange
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by:WesLennon
ID: 8016919
Points removed are 100.

Wes
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by:DigitalXtreme
ID: 8023106
Seeing as I feel this question does not have credibility I am deleting the question unless an objection is stated from an expert in 24 hours.

DigitalXtreme
CS Moderator
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by:tedsky
ID: 8023248
Hello DX ...
My only sense here, is as was mentioned already to the 2 people that are no longer here.
None of us has the time to waste on these types of people.
Problem is, you don't know who you're dealing with until it's far too late, and you've already invested some time and effort apparently to assist with a genuine question.
This was the case here.
Both Crash2100 and I were assisting the Questioner (Jonus) in earnest.
Each of us offered what we believed were valid comments as solutions to Jonus' problem.

Crash2100's (understandable) frustration setting in ...
Man!
Have you tried downloading a diagnostics program from the manufacturer?  Maybe your drive is defective?

My (understandable) frustration at receiving nary a reply to my equally valid comments, prompted this (finally) from Jonus ...
"Hey Ted, sounds like your a sore loser for not suppling the "CORRECT ANSWER"
Don't be a baby, your CHKDSK crap wouldnt have done any good, moron. Hope you dont take it seriously, oh wait, i do. Your the biggest dumbass ever, seriously, "collusion" all the k00l kids are saying it."

Surely this, plus my and Crash2100's 2 cents have to be worth more than simply tossing out the Q altogether.
Is there nothing built into the EE design to deal with such a result from this type of abuse of the system?
Can EE not see that such a precedent could dull the senses of Experts in such a way as to make them less willing to go that extra mile?

Just looking to get Crash and myself our due here.
After all, we did try to help this person unknowing that his intentions were ingenuine.

So, this is not an objection.
This is merely a call for some consideration for this prime example of the Fellowship Of Experts.

Thanks in advance,
Ted, the Modem Mixer
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by:DigitalXtreme
ID: 8023275
Ted, I plan on awarding you and Crash w/ separate "points for" questions. However the information inside this question does not guarantee a fix to the above state problem. Just assumptions were posted and possible fixes. I do not know whose answer worked (or would have worked) and without knowing that then how do I know that I am not just keeping junk for the EE PAQ section? If you can give me a solid answer to fix the problem stated above I will be more than happy to keep the question in the PAQ section. Otherwise, I do not see the reason. Either way you will get points for your effort. :)

DigitalXtreme
CS Moderator
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by:tedsky
ID: 8023397
Hello DX!
Can't speak for Crash in this matter, but will tell you that hard disk space being misrepresented has always been a symptom of a hard drive's FAT being corrupted or parts thereof becoming unreadable.  Running Scandisk on a FAT32-based drive will seek out such errors, attempt to resolve them, then begin to report the correct size of the hard disk in question.
(Sadly, we were never able to ascertain whether this was a FAT or NTFS formatted drive.)
It is entirely possible that tWiZlEr's "RX" utility achieved this same end, as do many different utilities (achieve like results, just done differently, as we both know).
Unfortunately, Jonus had "selective hearing" turned on, and couldn't care less what anyone else suggested, even what Crash was saying, which similarly had value, as it could also have been a hardware problem.
Of course, we wouldn't know whether a hardware manufacturer would actually test the drive's OS integrity, so perhaps Crash and I would appear to have been at opposite ends of the solution.
In any event, there you go - my 2 cents <grin>.
And I do appreciate (as I'm sure Crash also will) that you'll be offering points outside of this venue.

Sincerely,
Ted, the Modem Mixer
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by:tedsky
ID: 8023404
P.S.  I also provided suggestions to run CHKDSK /R for an NTFS formatted drive.
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by:Shadowhawk
ID: 8029672
Hello, I was just searching through EE and noticed the title of this thread. This is quite intruiging that an individual might run into a problem such as this, I have encountered something close, but not as deep as Jonus says. If you would like further information, contact can be made in this thread.
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by:DigitalXtreme
ID: 8039861
Since it seems that the argument is for this question staying where it is in the database and since I have no evidence to say that it should be removed I will keep it in the PAQ section. Gentlemen,

Please collect your points here:

tedsky:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20533213.html

Crash2100:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20533212.html

Thank you for your help. I apologize for the disruption. :)

DX
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by:tedsky
ID: 8039901
Not a problem at all, DX - on the contrary.
You are doing what you need to do (by posing the query as you did), and I was simply doing what I needed to do to shed more light on why (IMHO) this Q should remain as a PAQ's one.
If for no other reason than to show (by example) what kind of "chain-pulling" -can- take place, I was hoping to keep this Q in the database.
Fortunately (for the sake of the Community), at least a few others (present company included) shared this opinion.
Once again, thank you kindly, sir!
Ted
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