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Maxtor 300 GB Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cenarias, Jan 29, 2006.

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  1. Cenarias

    Cenarias Guest Thread Starter

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    I just bought a Maxtor 300 gig hard drive, but when I insert my bootable Windows XP (no SP2) CD, it only recongized 140 gigs when I tried to create a partition.

    My motherboard is ASUS P5LD2, and my BIOS is up to date.
    How can I use all the hard dive space when I create partition during Windows installtion?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Windows XP prior to SP1 will not rcognize drives larger than 137Gb, I dont know why it sees only 140 GB, but you should be allowed to set up a second partition in the unused space after installing Xp by going into Comp Management - disk management. If the rest of the drive is recognized it will be unallocated space that you can partition and format for use. Is there a special reason why you may want it all 300 Gb as a single partition?
     
  3. Cenarias

    Cenarias Guest Thread Starter

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    I want to create the partitions when I am using the Windows setup. Becuase right now it only shows an "unknown partition" of 137GB, and this included part of my data parition, which I want to keep.
    Will my full HD be recongized when I use a bootable Windows XP SP2 CD?
     
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    I believe it will be. I am not saying this from experience that largest drive I have ever installed as a single partition was a 120Gb drive. the 137Gb is the pre SP1 limitation.
     
  5. dustyjay

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    Is the full size of the drive recognized during your boot sequence IDE detection?
     
  6. saikee

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    No problem on 300Gb Maxtor. Price has becomes affordable now.

    Got 4 of them. XP has been filling one up over 240Gb. All it take is the SP2.

    One is used for Linux and has 60 partitions with 58 operating systems inside.
     
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    Slipstream SP2 onto your XP-CD with AutoStreamer. It's pretty painless, and you'll have an install CD with full disk compatibility. :)
     
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