1TB HDD but System shows only 200+GB

Hello. I have 1TB HDD on Windows 10, and then I installed Garuda Linux as replacement OS. I chose Erase, to ensure Windows OS is wiped out, but when Garuda Linux finished installing, I only see 200+ GB of HDD space.
How can I totally eliminate Windows OS and make sure that I maximize the HDD space I have on my laptop?
Tried searching the forum but looks like this was not yet addressed in the past. I am not trying to run a dual system, I want to get rid of Windows 10. The laptop no longer boots up to Windows, goes to either Garuda Linux or USB thumb drive.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Post your terminal/konsole in- and output as text (no pictures) from:

╰─λ garuda-inxi
Kernel: 5.17.4-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=91c082a6-b480-48b8-943a-8d0dcbf23407 rw [email protected]
quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.4 tk: Qt v: 5.15.3 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: HP product: HP EliteBook 840 G5 v: N/A
serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: HP model: 83B2 v: KBC Version 04.6D.00 serial: <superuser required>
UEFI: HP v: Q78 Ver. 01.19.00 date: 01/13/2022
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 24.0 Wh (60.3%) condition: 39.8/50.2 Wh (79.2%)
volts: 11.2 min: 11.6 model: Hewlett-Packard Primary type: Li-ion
serial: <filter> status: discharging cycles: 2
Info: model: Intel Core i5-8350U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake
family: 6 model-id: 0x8E (142) stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xEC
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
L3: 6 MiB desc: 1x6 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 2286 high: 2994 min/max: 400/3600 scaling:
driver: intel_pstate governor: performance cores: 1: 2062 2: 2085 3: 2053
4: 2198 5: 2094 6: 2994 7: 2401 8: 2401 bogomips: 30399
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
Type: l1tf
mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
Type: spectre_v1
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: TSX disabled
Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915
v: kernel ports: active: eDP-1 empty: DP-1, DP-2, HDMI-A-1, HDMI-A-2
bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:5917 class-ID: 0300
Device-2: Chicony HP HD Camera type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-9:4
chip-ID: 04f2:b5e7 class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.3 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.1
compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X: loaded: modesetting
alternate: fbdev,intel,vesa gpu: i915 display-ID: :0 screens: 1
Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: ChiMei InnoLux 0x14d4 built: 2017 res: 1920x1080
hz: 60 dpi: 158 gamma: 1.2 size: 309x173mm (12.17x6.81")
diag: 354mm (13.9") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 620 (KBL GT2)
v: 4.6 Mesa 22.0.2 direct render: Yes
Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
chip-ID: 8086:9d71 class-ID: 0403
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.17.4-zen1-1-zen running: yes
Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.50 running: yes
Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-LM vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: e1000e
v: kernel port: N/A bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:15d7 class-ID: 0200
IF: enp0s31f6 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Intel Wireless 8265 / 8275 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel pcie:
gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:24fd
class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Device-1: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
bus-ID: 1-7:2 chip-ID: 8087:0a2b class-ID: e001
Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 238.47 GiB used: 16.5 GiB (6.9%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Micron model: MTFDDAV256TBN-1AR15ABHA
size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B
speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 0T14 scheme: GPT
ID-1: / raw-size: 238.17 GiB size: 238.17 GiB (100.00%)
used: 16.5 GiB (6.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
used: 576 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 238.17 GiB size: 238.17 GiB (100.00%)
used: 16.5 GiB (6.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 238.17 GiB size: 238.17 GiB (100.00%)
used: 16.5 GiB (6.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 238.17 GiB size: 238.17 GiB (100.00%)
used: 16.5 GiB (6.9%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 31.2 GiB used: 2.8 MiB (0.0%) priority: 100
dev: /dev/zram0
System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0 C pch: 47.5 C mobo: 30.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Processes: 260 Uptime: 9m wakeups: 3 Memory: 31.2 GiB used: 2.91 GiB (9.3%)
Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.2.0 Packages:
pacman: 1857 lib: 543 Shell: fish v: 3.4.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.16
running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.15
Garuda (2.6.2-1):
System install date:     2022-04-28
Last full system update: 2022-04-29
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       NetworkManager
Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
Snapshots:               Snapper
Failed units:

Without it, you will not receive any help from the Garuda team or your topic is likely to be closed without notice.

Before you open a new help request, read relevant sections of the Arch and Garuda wiki.
Thoroughly search your issue and any error messages in the forum and on the web.

Report everything you have already attempted to solve your problem.

Use gparted or KDE partitionmanager from live ISO and resize /delete M$.
Maybe you must install again Garuda Linux.

I am sure there are many posts in the WWW about. :slight_smile:


Please post:

sudo blkid -o list 

Here, thanks in advance for your help:
╭─[email protected] in ~
╰─λ sudo blkid -o list
[sudo] password for jazzyjeffie:
device fs_type label mount point UUID
/dev/sda2 btrfs (in use) 91c082a6-b480-48b8-943a-8d0dcbf23407
/dev/sda1 vfat NO_LABEL /boot/efi 0B10-021C
/dev/zram0 swap zram0 [SWAP] 8c361eb9-bbbe-4779-95e0-d7eef4d1e0ea

Will this work if Linux OS itself is not detecting the Windows 10 installation?

How sure are you? Someone must have lied to you... :slightly_frowning_face:

Are these really different devices and not just different partitions?

JazzyJeffie: What about lsblk

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This output reveals the entirety of sda (the whole disk, including all partitions or unused space) is 256 GB:

You can see "256" right in the model name for the device. Here is a link to the exact model: https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/micron-technology-inc/MTFDDAV256TBN-1AR15ABHA/7597947

It sounds like maybe there has been some kind of mistake--this disk is not 1TB.



From the looks of it, it looks like there is only space for one m.2 nvme or m.2 SSD and space for a small pcie SSD. Is it possible that if there is a 1TB SSD, that it may not be correctly seated or disabled in the BIOS?

Risky take (try everything else before this and make sure you know what you are doing!), but you could open the computer and see if the disk is correctly connected (and if it's the correct size).

If it is a new computer (with warranty) and somehow they lied to you about disk space, most likely is you can talk to them about it and get a refund or the correct model.

Download a Windows based boot disk and check the specs listed for your drives. If it isn't detected properly in a Windows environment then something is screwy with your drives/cabling or they shipped you the wrong product.

If it is detected in Windows but not Linux, then it is a Linux issue or possibly a bios setting or your bios is creating issues.

Is your bios the most recent version from your manufacturer?

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What the heck does the BIOS show?


This problem exists from the beginning between Windows and Linux. Windows calculates disk size differently than Linux because of its DOS origins. Or sometimes Windows writes things to the partition table that Linux can't read. I've had a lot of problems installing Windows and Linux together, so I always use two hard drives or SSDs. Otherwise, all that remains is to install Windows and then rewrite the partition table with a backup program such as Paragon, for example, which writes the Linux-compatible partition information

but 500% or 4/5 difference sounds too much IMHO :wink:

I had a tragic/comic experience with an eBay purchased 2TB external HDD of a major vendor (supposedly...), in a super low price. It really was a 64GB flash drive (inside the box) with a hacked/modded firmware, which showed as 2TB in Win FM. Of course, any large file transfer to it just failed mysteriously. When I was asked for assistance, hearing of the price, I was almost sure and confirmed when opening the (very nice and convincing) HDD case, finding a tiny flash drive and 3 huge iron bolts (to add weight)!!!
I hope it's not the same case for OP... :no_mouth:


Last year I found out about this very excellent f3 tool which is able to detect when a flash device has been hacked in this way and can reveal the actual storage capacity of the device. You can even "repair" a hacked device, which sets up a partition using the real piece (and a second partition that you do not use for the fake piece).

I went on a bit of a riff purchasing obviously fake thumb drives off of eBay. The site is overrun with them; you can spot them from a mile away--devices claiming to be 1TB but selling for $10-$20. I would run f3probe, then return the item "not as described" and attach the diagnostic output from f3. Most of the time the seller wouldn't even care to get the drive back (especially if you get it from somewhere far like China), they would just refund the money with an "Oh sorry I don't know what happened". I would "repair" the drive with f3fix and just keep it. A lot of them have anywhere from 30-100 GB of usable space on there and make perfectly good Ventoys.

This became a bit of an odd hobby of mine. It got to the point where I had to set up a spreadsheet to keep all the flash drives straight--what drive went with what purchase, how much storage was actually on it, did I get the money back yet. My wife nearly had her eyes permanently stuck in the back of her head from rolling her eyes so hard so frequently. :rofl:

At some point a seller flagged one of my returns saying that I am abusing the buyer protection policy by returning stuff saying it is "not as described" falsely. I guess I had returned several of their fake thumb drives. Well, the eBay mods took a quick look through my purchase history and noted that I had purchased probably thirty or forty USB flash drives over the course of a few months and had immediately returned every single one the day they were received. That obviously seems pretty sketchy from an outside perspective, so they assumed I was up to no good and permanently blocked my account! :flushed:

I had to jump through some hoops to get an email through to someone (service desks are all bots and endless menu trees these days) explaining that I'm not running a con or anything, I'm just trying to push back in a small way against the rampant flash drive fraud on their site and really what I'm doing isn't "wrong". An odd hobby? Yes, perhaps...but still, I thought my behavior was in-bounds.

They ended up unblocking my account, and basically told me to just knock it off--if I suspected a listing was fradulent I should click the "report this item" and not take matters into my own hands like some flash drive vigalante. :joy: Oh well, I suppose I will have to fall back on my one hundred other bizarre hobbies to occupy my time.


I don't dare to ask... :no_mouth: :rofl: :vigilante:


I'm sure in psychiatric circles they probably have a long winded name for this abberant behaviour.