137GB Hard Drive Barrier

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

djrock

Thread Starter
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
307
Hello I bought a 160GB hard drive. I will getting it in about 2 weeks time since the first one the shop ordered arrived on Friday and it was broken and now their on a week's holiday.
How do i know if my motherboards onboard RAID and IDE controllers will support the 160GB drive. My motherboard i think was made about 15 August 2002. I have looked in my motherboards manual and it does not tell me if the both controllers support 48bit addressing.

Thankyou
djrock

Link to motherboard manual http://www.epox.nl/manuals/mu-8k5a3+11.pdf
 

JohnWill

Retired Moderator
Joined
Oct 19, 2002
Messages
106,429
It the manufacturer won't tell you, you connect a large drive and see if you can access the entire capacity! :)
 

djrock

Thread Starter
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
307
I have emailed them but they won't reply until next week so i thought it would be quicker to ask here.
 

dustyjay

Jay
Joined
Jan 23, 2003
Messages
12,661
Not certain but your mobo should support larger hard drives. Make sure that if you are using WinXP you have SP1 installed also that will allow the os to recognise hard drives larger than 137 Gb.
 

crjdriver

Moderator
Joined
Jan 2, 2001
Messages
43,101
Most likely both your raid controller and the ide controller will accept a drive of that size. I check Epox's site and the bios updates do not address large hd so I would guess that it already supports large drives. Your raid bios is updated when you update the system bios.
 
Joined
Sep 11, 2000
Messages
10,673
djrock said:
I have looked in my motherboards manual and it does not tell me[/url]
That's because it's the BIOS that controls this. Check with the mobo web site and see if there is a new (recent) BIOS for your board. The BIOS manufacture will know if it handles a large drive or not.
 

crjdriver

Moderator
Joined
Jan 2, 2001
Messages
43,101
That board uses a highpoint hpt374 raid controller [if I remember] it will have no problem with a 160 gig hd. If you setup raid 0, make sure you have some type of backup plan. If one of the drives dies, you loose everything. Even raid 1 or 0 /1 should have a backup plan.
 

djrock

Thread Starter
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
307
Just got an email back from epox and they said no the motherboard will not supported the 160gb drive but i don't believe them since i was told by my friend that works in the shop where i bought the motherboard from. He said not to believe them. I can't remember the explanation but they have given me wrong advice before. I had a problem that my system when i started it up sometimes it would beep and shutdown. They said it was the power supply's 5v line but no it was a bad fan on the heatsink. The beep was the no fan warning signal.

Thankyou

djrock
 

djrock

Thread Starter
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
307
I was told if the bois does not detect the full size if you use winxp sp1a with ntfs it will see the full size of the drive but i also read after the 137gb limit it can start corrupting data is this true? Has anyone got a system that the bois can't see the full size of the hard drive but have winxp sp1a with ntfs and having no problems.

Thankyou
 
Joined
Sep 11, 2000
Messages
10,673
It corrupted my Windows file last night. I booted and it gave me the dreaded "Explorer.exe corrupted. You must reinstall windows." error message. It took over 7 hours to do that :eek:

I can't wait to get my new motherboards today, so I won't have to use this &^%$# controller card anymore. And even WITH the controller card it still only sees 149 Gigs :(
 

djrock

Thread Starter
Joined
May 20, 2003
Messages
307
Hello i found my answer on high points website which confirms what everybody has been saying except its about the RocketRAID 404 but i think thats ok since it uses the hpt374 chip.

Question:
My motherboard's onboard IDE controller cannot support larger hard drives. Does the RocketRAID 404 card support drives larger than 137GB?

Answer:
Yes, our host adapter cards support hard drives larger than 137GB in size.
Make sure the appropriate BIOS and driver versions are installed for the card. Some of the card's may not have been shipped with the necessary revision.

1.21 or higher is required for the RR404.

So if this is right and when i get my 160gb drive and it works i will not need to shell out more money for a ide controller.

Thankyou all for helping
 
Joined
Apr 16, 2004
Messages
4
accually i bought a 160 gig hardrive as well and it also can only use 137 gigs. i heard u need windows pack 4. and your processor has to be sertain amount for it to work as 160 gigs.
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Members online

Top