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krazymarvin 09-19-2008 01:06 AM

500gb but only 127gb
 
i bought a new western digital sata 500gb greenpower hard drive and when i try to install windows xp pro it shows that i only have 127 on the hard drive. when i format with the westerdigital disk it shows that i have my full 500gb. and when i boot xp i cant load f6 to install raid drivers. :(. can any one help me>> :).

krazymarvin 09-19-2008 01:16 AM

and also i got xp installed on hd and i could load it up. so if thers a way to unlock the rest from xp let me know

lurkswithin 09-19-2008 07:32 AM

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Originally Posted by krazymarvin (Post 12481)
i bought a new western digital sata 500gb greenpower hard drive and when i try to install windows xp pro it shows that i only have 127 on the hard drive. when i format with the westerdigital disk it shows that i have my full 500gb. and when i boot xp i cant load f6 to install raid drivers. :(. can any one help me>> :).

Two different issues here.

1) older computers did not support large drives. . Sometimes there is a BIOS setting that will allow you to enable Large Block Addressing(LBA) on a harddrive. If not then you may have to get a BIOS update to fic the issue.

2) Windows XP did not support large drives either (137 gig limit) This was addressed in a hot fix for SP1 installation.

Here is what Microsoft has to say:
How to enable 48-bit Logical Block Addressing support for ATAPI disk drives in Windows XP
It will also explain how to enable LBA on some drives/bioses.

If you cannot get an BIOS update then the fix would be to re-partition your harddrive to use a 130 gig partition to install XP in and then use Disc management in XP to format the other unallocated space into a storage partition.

Quote:

Originally Posted by krazymarvin (Post 12481)
i bought a new western digital sata 500gb greenpower hard drive and when i try to install windows xp pro it shows that i only have 127 on the hard drive. when i format with the westerdigital disk it shows that i have my full 500gb. and when i boot xp i cant load f6 to install raid drivers. :(. can any one help me>> :).

Your motherboard must support a hardware RAID array in order to install the drivers...if not and you still wish to set up a RAID array you can install software RAID applications after the operating system is installed.

lurkswithin 09-19-2008 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by krazymarvin (Post 12482)
and also i got xp installed on hd and i could load it up. so if thers a way to unlock the rest from xp let me know

Right click "My computer" > manage > disc management> in the lower right window find the unallocated space and right click on it and choose to either partition or format.

krazymarvin 09-19-2008 03:08 PM

i looked for the 48bit lba option before and could not find it. i do have xp installed on the 500gb hd and when i looked for the rest of the space on disk management i only see the 137 and nothing else.

when i enabel raid on the motherboard and reboot it tells me to push f10 to do that raid thind but i dont know what to put it on, and every one that i do and try to install xp or reformat, it cant find a hd at all.

lurkswithin 09-21-2008 06:25 AM

RAID requires at least 2 or more harddrives preferably matched in size...2 partitions is not the same as 2 harddrives.

look again for the unallocated space in device manager. If it shows the drive with 132g then it should show the unallocated.

krazymarvin 09-21-2008 10:32 PM

the unallocated portion is not ther but it might not matter becouse i bought a xp pro sp2 cd and hopefully it will work.

is ther any thing i have to do like uninstall xp or erease all data from hd before installing the new xp???????????????????

lurkswithin 09-21-2008 10:54 PM

Just boot to the CD and it will allow you to delete the old partition and reformat the new one before installation. Read the prompts!


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