160GB Drive Maxtor only recognized as 128GB

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tomofch

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Just bought a Maxtor 160GB Drive in an external Firewire case.
Windows XP only recognises 128GB, what can I do to overcome this limit? Is there a patch or driver issue?
It can't be the BIOS as I'm using a Firewire interface.

Anyone - please help!

cheers
Tom
 

LightWave

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Hmmm

The Bios it self is the core 2 all hardware (settings)...

I reccomend You Flash (update) Your bios with the latest version!
Your bios would probably then support larger disks (Hdz)

Although after formating a big HD, You wount get the exact amount of space that you bought.

I got a 30GB IBM ATA 100 HD..after formating (when its new) windows or dos for that matter recognises it as 29GB or so!

I dont know the calculations of the exact amount of lost space after formating a big hd.




LightWave
 
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thuffir

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Hey,
I have the same problem, with the same HD. I read On the maxtor site that there is two issues. Flash the bios of MB, and or Update the driver of the IDE Chipset. In my case I have the latest Bios and Driver and the HD don't want goes over 137GB.
If you find the solution before me mail me at thuffir@wanadoo.fr

Good Search:)
 

scriptasylum

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I don't know if this is the same issue, but I bought a Maxtor 80Gig internal IDE drive. BIOS saw the right size, but fdisk only saw it as a 10Gig drive!

So I used the fdisk/format tool from Maxtor that came with the drive and it worked great.
 
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thuffir

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Hey,

I find solution,
I install Via Ide MPD 3014 Drivers and Via Ide Filter 120 A driver
Now maxtor 160 Gb Report 163 921 571 840 Octets.
I extend my partion with Partion magic that all!
If you have a Via chipset and If you want the drivers I find It
on the asus site: http://download.asus.com.tw/mb_alllist.asp

thuffir
 
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forceusr

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I read something about this in a recent issue of MaximumPC. Apparently, computers use a 28 bit number to keep track of the location of data on a disk. As it stands, the computer (the OS, I believe) physically runs out of addresses at the 137 gig mark. Supposedly, Microsoft will release/has released a patch for this issue, but not for the Win9x line of OS's.

Rob
 
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tomofch

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Solution:

I found a solution, this is what I had to do:

Mainboard Asus a7v: I had to upgrade the bios from 1008 do 1010 version, however, with 1010 running you will be unable to boot if you have a scsi card AND the internal ATA-100 controller active.

So I upgraded the BIOS to 1010 and as expected, the ATA-100 Controller recognised the disk as 152GB. When I boot into XP I cannot see more than 131GB. I used Partition Magic 7 (one of the few programs who deserve the title "magic". PM 7 recognised the entire drive, formatted it and ever since then Windows see's the drive as well. No matter if on the internal ATA-100 Controller or on a Firewire Controller! Even with an older BIOS.

Since the newest BIOS 1010 doesn't work in my system (I still need the SCSI Devices) I reverted back to 1008. The drive is still there with 156 GB!!! It can now also be seen on Windows 2000 PC's (I use an external Case which combines USB 2 + Firewire) www.sarotech.com

I'm happy!

Tom
 
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pjansell

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Yes i'm having a similar problem with a maxstor 40gig hard drive i brought yesterday. XP refuses to accept that its a 40 gig drive instead of 8gig.

My bios indentifies it correctly, no problems its just XP.

If I use FDISK from dos i can create partions and fill up the drive space okay, but in xp it refuses to use it. Even partion magic7 sees it as a 40 gig.

Please help:(
 
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BLEHg0d

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you just need partition magic-- that's all...Usually, the bigger the drive, the more space that widnows takes for cache. I have an 8 gig ad 6 is taken awaw for the cache. By using partition magic u are able to say that you don't it to use any cash and turn it into your good ol, 160 :)(

www.twistedmods.com might eb able to help you with thisd problem as well on their forums..Steveman09 is great wiht computers
 
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sshenriksen

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The right thing to do is partion it up.

The right thing to do is partion it up. I have the drive as well. However I got a Ultra DMA Harddrive controller in the same package. If you use that it won't have a problem.

Hope it helps.

Sune
 

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