Increase hdd space

May 6, 2009 at 05:52:35
Specs: Windows VISTA
I have an iMedia 2215 160gb which I got at xmas. I have not used up all the space yet it is saying I only have 23gb of 137gb left. I have only one partition (137gb NTFS). I cannot repartition or do anything to this HDD.
How do i increase the space to use for my purposes. Please help- going around in circles with this

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#1
May 6, 2009 at 06:07:53
the 137gb limit probably has something to do with lack of windows service packs or lack 48bit lba support on your motherboard.
look here:
http://www.48bitlba.com/

I suspect if you fix this you will not increase the size of the existing partition to 160gb, you will have a new separate partition of the difference which will show up in disc management. (it could then be merged to make one big partition using some separate software)


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#2
May 6, 2009 at 06:11:47
Thanx I'll try that out adnd let you know

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#3
May 6, 2009 at 06:43:38
Are you still using Vista?

Vista should be 48 bit LBA compliant out of the box. Your computer should also be 48 bit LBA compliant.


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#4
May 6, 2009 at 06:45:52
Yeah its vista- And I have downloaded the updates regularly from MS

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#5
May 6, 2009 at 06:57:26
Have you re-installed or is the system the same as when bought?

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#6
May 6, 2009 at 07:00:26
The 137GB limit was a problem with XP installations without any service packs, Vista doesn't have that problem. And looking at your system specs, I kinda doubt the 48-bit LBA support is the issue but it is possible. See if a BIOS update is available.

http://www.packardbell.co.uk/produc...

My guess is the problem is with the SATA drivers.

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...


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#7
May 6, 2009 at 07:18:32
No reinstallation done.This is the hard drive supplied.
No messing with settings has been done. It just seems to have locked me out of these controls to repartition

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#8
May 6, 2009 at 09:19:37
Your system came with the 160GB hard drive so I assume the BIOS is compatible.

A 160GB hard drive is actually less capacity than that. Add in your hidden restore partition and it may come out right.


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#9
May 6, 2009 at 14:51:34
A 160gb drive when formatted to NTFS should show 149gb.
The 12gb shortfall is probably a hidden restore partition as OtheHill said.
New drives are cheap now and easy to add if you want more space.

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