Hard Drive size problem

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mooo, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. mooo

    mooo thecyberninja

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    I got a western digital 250gig hard drive for xmas. Well when i hooked it up, the bios recognizes the 250 gig HD, the exact amount, but windows XP doesnt. It says i have a 137 gig HD. I have used partition magic also and it shows 137gigs. I origionally had it on a IDE controller card and since took it off and put it direct to the IDE channel on the motherboard. Any ideas on how do i get windows to notice the full amount?
     
  2. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    You will need to have SP1 or SP1a in XP for it to access over 137Gb.
     
  3. mooo

    mooo thecyberninja

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    sorry for this, i had to put on windowsXP big disk. Thanks steevo
     
  4. anastas_t

    anastas_t OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Urgent!!Please help.

    Hey friend,I have the same problem with you with the 250G WD HD.Can yoou tell me what to do exactly to solve it??
    I have to reinstall winXP with SP1 with to work properly?
    Thanks.
     
  5. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    You need a minimum of Windows XP SP1. I'd suggest, of course, installing SP2, because SP1 is obsolete.

    Melon
     
  6. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Also depending on the age of your motherboard you may need to update your bios. Check your motherboard makers website if SP1 (you should do SP2) doesn't fix your problem.

    *edit* - sorry I missed the part where you said your bios sees it. :dead:
     
  7. anastas_t

    anastas_t OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thanks guys,I'll try this.
    My motherboard (ASUS P5P800)does support HD over 137G,the PC is brand new.
    Do I have to reinstall my current WindowsXP or just install SP1 or SP2?
     
  8. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    SP2 has been successfully installed over existing installations with good performance. SP1 tends to bring your installation to a crawl and people, like myself, had to reformat. :p

    Melon
     
  9. anastas_t

    anastas_t OSNN One Post Wonder

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    And when I 'll install SP2 do you think the Windows will see the remaining 120G?
     
  10. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    If it doesn't, check out "Disk Management." It may not have formatted anything over 137 GB, but Disk Management will show you the entire drive.

    Melon
     
  11. anastas_t

    anastas_t OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I'll try these things with SP's.What mooo mean when he said " ihad to put on windowsXP big disk"?