I would use a smaller drive for os and your programs, then use a huge drive for file storage.Mr. Hand said:I'm building a new comp. from the ground up and i installed a 320 hard drive. For some reason windows is only recognizeing the hard drive as a 128 gig. Any and all help is welcome. (I use windows XP)
Just to clarify, it's 137GB using the 1KB=1000B system that hard drive manufacturers use, or 128GB using the 1KB=1024B system that the rest of the world uses... just in case anyone was conused about that.Triple6 said:To enable 48bit LBA support in Windows XP you need to install at least Service Pack 1. This will allow Windows to use drives over 127GB.
You can slipstream SP1 or SP2 onto your Windows XP CD, use Google to find instructions, or you can install SP1 after installing Windows and use Disk Management to create a second partition in the remaining space for your data.
Your BIOS also needs to be able to support 48bit LBA to see anything over 137GB. Since you say new build I would hope this wouldn't be an issue.
Of course its possible. You just need to have Service Pack 1 installed for XP or Service Pack 4 installed for Windows 2000.syc0path said:Anyway, are u saying it's not possible to have a single partition that is larger than 128GB?
The 128+ space is not deleted, windows just doesn't recognize it at first (until sp1) it will show up in disk manager afterwords as a 120 gb block of free and unpartitioned space.lostn said:I have a similar question... I have a 250GB drive, but I intend to use it as a storage drive (i.e. No windows on it).
1. Let's suppose I manage to get a 250GB single partition successfully. Windows sees all 250GB, and it has become my storage drive. Is this 250GB partition going to be permanent? The next time I install Windows (without SP1), will the drive go back to being read as a 137GB drive, or will it stay 250GB? If the former, will I lose data?
2. I am aware of the 137GB limit, but does this apply to total drive size, or only partition size? i.e. If I split my 250GB drive into two to begin with, (125GB x2) will I overcome the problem and not need to do a thing (even if I don't have SP1 installed)?
3. If I install windows through an XP disc that has SP2 slipsteamed, will I be free from problems, or will I still have problems initially since SP2 won't be applied until after the installation is finished?
I haven't unwrapped the drive yet, as I need to know before I open it, what to do so that I can get a refund if it looks like I won't be able to get it working properly.
My drive is ATA100 by the way, not SATA. It's a Western Digital WD2500JB. And my motherboard is an Intel 865PE chipset (Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro2). Let us assume that the BIOS will recognize the drive as being 250GB.
P.S. Does anyone know if Vista Beta 1 supports 48-bit LBA drives by default?
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