sata wrong disk size

August 14, 2005 at 23:36:51
Specs: windows xp, 1G

I just bought a Maxtor sata 250G harddisk, and tried to install windows xp, but showed wrong disk size. Widows xp installation says only 130G rather than 250G. Do I have to do some tweaks to get correct disk size in sata harddisk?

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#1
August 15, 2005 at 01:15:45

I did install windows xp without loading any sata driver, but window still recognizes 250G harddisk as 130G. I've tried to search sata driver ,but no luck. My mobo is ECS RS-400A.
Any help would be appreciated.

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#2
August 15, 2005 at 10:22:57

There was a 137 GB limit in the original release of XP. In service pack 1 Microsoft added support for 48-bit LBA which extends this limit to 144 Petabytes. As long as you have SP1 installed (or slipstreamed into your XP install disc) and your BIOS supports drives of that size you shouldn't have any problems.

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#3
August 15, 2005 at 10:50:43

Make sure your bios recognizes the correct size of the drive. If not, checkout
www.48bitlba.com.

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#4
August 15, 2005 at 11:10:37

I have installed SP2, but windows still recognize the drive as 130GB. However Bios recognize it as 250GB correctly. Is there anything I can do?

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#5
August 15, 2005 at 15:47:00

You do not have an install disk with Windows XP SP2 on it do you??

You are looking at it in Disk Management??

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#6
August 15, 2005 at 20:56:29

I have installed xp without service pack. Then I installed sp2. It seems windows recoginzed the harddrive as IDE(?) when I installed windows.

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#7
August 15, 2005 at 21:09:01

Windows did recognized the correct harddrive size, but the rest of harddrive space wasn't allocated yet. I just needed to allocate it.
I've wasted so many hours for this!

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