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Question partition/formatting a hard drive

i recently was puting my new parts into a comp and wanted to format my hard drive prior to installation. its a WD 160GB IDE drive. i am trying to format via disk management and it asks for what size to partition?? it also only shows 149.05GB of the 160GB listed. not sure if this is a problem or not, but would like to use this hard drive in new system. let me know how i should go about this. thanks in advance....
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Thats normal with harddrives, my "250GB" only has 232gb for its total size.
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Nope it is not a problem, it's something that people who work with computers learn to live with. Just make the partition as big as you can and continue from there. Read more about this right here:

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...megabytes.html
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Just remember drives are sold as unformatted so depending on what type of file system you use you will lose space.
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Also, drive makers use base 10 math (1 GB = 1000 MB) whereas the rest of the world uses base 2 math (1 GB = 2^10 MB = 1024 MB). There have been lawsuits over this.
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via disk management in windows? i don't know if that'll even work - the best way to do it is to install the hard drive in your new computer, make sure your new comp is set to boot from the cd drive before the hard drive, boot it to the windows cd, and go thru the process to format the hard drive from the installation cd. you can ussually do that by simply deleting the partition that shows, and then re-add it with max capacity. as far as showing less gigs than what you think you bought, invaliddata is right on that topic. 250 gigs really means 250,000,000,000 bits (to the drive companies), when it should really be bytes... unfortunatly they go by gigabits instead of gigabytes when they sell them. it's supposed to be 1024 megs to a gig in all reality, but companies try to get away with whatever they can to make their dollar... i hope this helps - if you have any questions, feel free to pm - my actually profession is a computer repair tech, so i'm happy to help with what i can. good luck!
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i got the drive partitioned. just did the whole thing. i got the system put together--C2D 4500, MSI P5NGM mobo, 350W psu, cd-r/dvd-rom, 2GB DDR2 800MHz ram, xp home.
i was continuously getting bsod until i reduced the mem to 667MHz. i downloaded mozilla firefox because i was getting IE crashes left and right. not sure what is going on there. i got all the updates from windows and current drivers, bios, etc. i am thinking it has something to do with the memory perhaps. i did verify that the Corsair was compatible with the mobo. perhaps someone can help now...
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Welcome to the wondefull world of computers..... yes it sucks, i have a 320GB hard drive on my PC and it's partitioned from the factory with the C drive having 291GB and the D (recovery drive) having 6.25GB........ And i also have a 80GB WD drive that i installed in my pc and partition myself, and it has L drive at 37.2GB and K drive at 37.2GB...

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Chances are you need to increase your memory voltage. Stock is ~1.8, but most pc6400 (800mhz) sticks need 2.0v to run stable at 800.
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Like Sovnade said, check your memory voltage. If you have an MSI board, voltages should be adjustable in BIOS.
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i looked in the bios at memory voltage and it was at 1.8v. i adjusted to 1.95v. when i place it at 2.0v, it was lit up in red with a warning of possible system instability. (is 2.0v, the max my board can do, or is it related to something else???) i am ordering a new larger power supply. the logysis psu states 480W max, but lists 330W total. after reducing the memory to 667MHz, the system is stable and am able to use without any problems. i may just leave it at that and be fine with it. this comp is a lot faster than what i am used to. this was my first rig i "built" on my own. while i am happy with achievement i accomplished, i was very stressed at trying to determine what was going on. in the future, i may just purchase a retail version.....
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You can adjust it in BIOS, but the voltage should be memory manufacturer specific. You don't want to clock your voltage over the recommended rating of the brand. I know that I run Corsair DDR2-667, and it sees 1.95V. If it's working good, I would leave it. Adjusting voltages could possibly cause hardware damage. If you have intermittent problems in the future, go back to your default settings in your BIOS.
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i installed a SATA HDD and need to partition. unfortunately this will be my only drive as i only have one now. i would like to have the OS on part of the drive and all other files on another part (different partition??) and was wondering if this is possible?? i just want to be able to keep all files, should XP crash at some time and need reinstalled. someone help.....thanks in advance.
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i installed a SATA HDD and need to partition. unfortunately this will be my only drive as i only have one now. i would like to have the OS on part of the drive and all other files on another part (different partition??) and was wondering if this is possible?? i just want to be able to keep all files, should XP crash at some time and need reinstalled. someone help.....thanks in advance.
It's possible, but I wouldn't suggest it. You should set up an external drive and store your things off the machine. Multiple partitions can sometimes be unstable and if you have sensitive data that you want to protect, don't put these files on the same drive. You can get a hdd enclosure for about $12. If you don't have a hdd, pm me and I'll send you one. I have probably 40 of them around my office.
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thanks tooch. i have 3 other drives sitting right here. they are 80GBx2, and one 160GB. i wasn't sure if they could be used with the current set up. i will simply partition the whole thing. OR should i let the install cd handle this when i do the clean install?? it is XP that i am installing. also. are any external enclosures better than others?? and how do they connect to the comp?? thanks for your help...
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