Is it worth buying a Hard Drive above 120GB

  Sturmey 17:36 22 Dec 03

I recently bought a Western Digital Caviar 160GB hard drive, when I right click on the drive in my computer in properties it says it's 127GB.

Does anyone know how to get the hard drive to show it's full capacity, or does it just say 127GB but really is 160GB and therefore nothing to worry about.



Happy Crimbo

  BigMoFoT 17:42 22 Dec 03

best way to check is in the BIOS, tap delete as you turn the PC and under standard CMOS Setup should tell you size of disk!!!

  leo49 17:48 22 Dec 03

Have you downloaded and run the Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools V. 11.0[98SE/2000/ME/XP] to enable the large drive? You must also have SP1 installed IF running XP.

  leo49 17:48 22 Dec 03

click here

Link to WD

  powerless 17:51 22 Dec 03

It is to do with drives over 137GB.

A simple thing to overcome, either install Service Pack 1a click here or make the following registry change click here

Wetern Digital do talk about it on their website click here

  Sturmey 18:16 22 Dec 03


Is service pack 1a the same as service pack 1, because I have service pack 1 installed? should I install sp1a over sp1.

I downloaded and installed the fix from microsoft that updated my atapi.sys file to version 5.1.2600.1135, after restarting my pc hard drive still says 127GB

I'm a bit confused about the registry change in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Atapi\Parameters\

It says on this microsoft page click here

The preceding registry setting is ignored in Windows XP SP1 and later.

I have Windows xp home, I may need to update my BIOS because it says "You must have a 48-bit LBA compatible BIOS" do you know if there is a way to check that my BIOS is 48-bit LBA compatible, before I update, I dont like updating BIOS unless it absolutely necessary.

Thanks again

  powerless 18:25 22 Dec 03

Ah, must be your BIOS then.

What BIOS do you have oh and motherboard?

  tenplus1 18:33 22 Dec 03

Are you using FAT32 or NTFS partitions ? also remember you won't get the full 160gig from the hard-drive as some of it is reserved for the actual file headers/fat etc...

  Sturmey 18:34 22 Dec 03

I have an Phoenix-Award BIOS

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My pc is an Advent 3516


  Sturmey 18:37 22 Dec 03

I have two hard drives installed the one in question is NTFS the other same model western digital and is 120GB also NTFS.

  Sturmey 18:46 22 Dec 03

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