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Maxtor HDD not registering full capacity

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Hello

I have a 200 gig Maxtor HDD and when installed on my system it only shows up as being 130 gig, i have checked the lable and it is suposed to be 200 gig, it is not evan 200 gig in the BIOS, could i have a faulty drive? am i doing something wrong? or is there something i should be doing that i'm not :-)

Hope someone can help
Regards
Danny
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by:Pete Long
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is it formatted as FAT? Windows XP has a 127Gb Limit on FAT drives if my memory serves?
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by:danny4com
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i FORMATTED THIS DRIVE AS NTFS (QUICK), IT'S A SATA DRIVE IF THAT HELPS?
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by:FriarTuk
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it may have a jumper limiting size, see instructions on label for jumpers

Maxtor/Quantum - vendor diagnostics
http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm
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IT HAS A JUMPER HOWEVER IT SAYS THAT IT IS JUST FOR LIMITING THE SPEED TO SATA 1 (1.5)
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by:Callandor
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Which motherboard do you have?  If it's not registering as 200GB in the BIOS, the problem is the BIOS, which needs updating.
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by:jamietoner
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Have you updated your bios to the latest revision? also if your motherboard only supports sata 1 you may try jumpering it to sata 1.
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by:danny4com
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THE MOBO IS AN ASUS AM2 MOBO SO I PRESUME IT SUPPORTS SATA2, I WILL TRY UPDATEING THE BIOS THOUGH. THANKS FOR THE IDEA XX
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I HAVE TRYED UPDATEING THE BIOS WITH NO JOY, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AROUND MAXTOR.COM AND HAVE FOUND A PROG CALLED MAXBLAST4, CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THIS WOULD HELP??   THANKS FOR YOUR TIME PEEPS.
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by:Callandor
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The MaxBlast program is for cloning drives.  You may need to try a different drive, or try this drive in another machine to see if the problem is a faulty drive.
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What do you mean with tried updating the BIOS with no joy? Do you mean that it wouldn't update or that after the succesful update the disk was still showing as 130 GB?

Older BIOS (and also OS's Like XP without Servicepacks were limited to 137GB). For that reason a BIOS update should have helped. On the other hand your board seems not to be that old, so at least the BIOS should correctly identify the Disk. Maybe there is a setting wrong, look for 48 bit LBA mode, or if you can change the mode of the SATA interface from IDE to SATA only mode or something similar, maybe it is also called legacy mode.
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