Yet another HD problem

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by Dystopia, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Dystopia

    Dystopia Active Member

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    Hi, my brother has a 160GB HD. Here's the problem: it only shows up as 127GB. Any thoughts on what the problem ans solution is?
    Also if it helps, he had to re-format it several times, and Windows won't install XP anymore.

    Thanks
     
  2. simpletron

    simpletron New Member

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    first you must realize you will lose some "space" because your Hard drive has 160 billion bytes but in binary a gigabyte is 2^30 or 1,073,741,824 bytes. So your hard should show ~149 GB in windows.

    the reason why you have only 127 GB or 137,438,953,472 bytes is because in the orginal XP, that was the max for a single drive. they fixed it in SP1. here is the knowledge base info on this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303013

    as for windows not installing, I don't have a clue.
     
  3. Dystopia

    Dystopia Active Member

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    thanks a lot, so then when he installs SP3, it should show 149GB. Anyone else know why windows won't install? Could trying it with SP3 help? thanks!
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    If you have reformatted lots of times, there is a high possibility that some of the hard drive is tagged bad sectors and won't be useable.
     
  5. Dystopia

    Dystopia Active Member

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    ok thanks a lot, i will tell him. any way to fix these "bad sectors? because he can still install other stuff on it, just no xp.

    thanks
     

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