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NickiSixx Feb 02, 2004 06:32 PM

2 questions about WINXP Pro and hard drives
I just got this old PC to use that I decided to use as just a download machine - this way it frees up my main PC to play games, etc. This 2nd PC is an AMD K6 500mhz with a 16mb voodoo card and 256mb of RAM (i told you it was old ;) ). I was going to install another 128mb stick of RAM but not sure if it's going to help the issue. I am using Windows XP Pro.

#1 - i installed a 40gb hard drive - and it is only being read at about 30gb - maybe a little less.....How can I change this to see all of it?

#2 (and more importantly) - I installed a 160GB WD hard drive to store all my DLs and shared files.....explorer SEES the drive (it says F: ) - however, when i click on it to browse it - it gives me an error about some timeout (sorry, if this doesnt help - i forgot what it said - i never saw it b4). And it just doesnt let me browse it at all.

I was going to install WINME instead (hopefully networking the PC will still be easy) - but didnt know if that would help. I know with my main PC winxp hangs up when it reads that drive because its full - and i have a P4 3.06ghz with 1gb of DDR333 RAM. So, i can only imagine the poor 500mhz AMD cpu lol. But i dont know if that is the same issue.

please help. thanks!

Insomniac Feb 02, 2004 06:46 PM

More ram certainly would help. A maximum probably of 512 on your system.

A 40 gb drive won't show up as 40 because drive manufacturers and the operating system treat a KB as 10000 and 1024 bytes, so when you format you generally lose about 8-10% of the total capacity.

When you say "it is only being read at about 30GB", what and where do you mean?

steve54 Feb 02, 2004 07:00 PM

have you formatted the 160 gig h drive so as your op sys recognises it.

NickiSixx Feb 02, 2004 07:28 PM

Insomniac, I would increase the RAM to that much if i could, but it the mobo o nly takes up to 384mb of RAm. And I know that the 40GB wont be exactly 40 gb - but it shows up as just less than 30GB. I already have a 30gb in there - and the 40gb shows up as just a few more MBs more than what the 30gb shows up as.

Steve54 - the drive is formatted - it was in my old PC and has my DLs on it (i mentioned that it was pretty full and that my main pc sometimes takes a bit to display the full contents (theres between 1-4 GBs free)

NickiSixx Feb 02, 2004 10:33 PM


Stryker_PornStar Feb 03, 2004 12:39 AM

Your motherboard, being that it is old, probably won't support anything over 30gig. Unless you flash your bios, there really isn't anything you can do about it.

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