Imaging question and a partition question

January 16, 2010 at 15:38:11
Specs: Windows XP, P4 2.0 ghz 750ram
Two questions,...

1) Since I have an old 6-7 yr old system(P4 2ghz, 750mb ram) on XP Home SP3, with a 80gb drive(MB not LBA compliant) and the MB bios does not allow my boot drive to work with more than 137gb, I would like to take my empty 200gb d drive and partition it so that it would not be used for more that 135gb (anything more and data could be lost because of old bios)....then somehow image my old 80gb (full) boot drive to the new 135gb partitioned d drive. After that, I would like to make the new partitioned and imaged d drive become my new c boot drive. So first question is how can I partition the drive to only be 135gb and no more? (use disk management?) And...will this work?

2) 2nd question...is it possible to image the old boot drive and copy that image to the newly partitioned drive? Is there open source software to do that? How do you do that?

Thks!


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#1
January 16, 2010 at 16:48:50
You can do it all with the software available from the HDD manufacturer. But it's not wise to run a large HDD on a non 48-bit LBA board.

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#2
January 16, 2010 at 19:20:05
Get an ATA add-on card. They're 48-bit LBA compliant. Something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Promise-Technol...

Avoid the raid cards. I've had problems with them.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#3
January 16, 2010 at 23:09:37
would using an ATA add-on card.that is 48-bit LBA compliant work around the motherboard? Does the card have LBA comp. bios?

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#4
January 16, 2010 at 23:15:41
Yeah, it has its own bios. After the normal (motherboard bios) posting process, it hands off to the ATA card bios and then the drives attached to the card are detected.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#5
January 16, 2010 at 23:27:56
Ok...noted.

As I understand it,...XP Home SP3 allows your larger drives to be fully read and used....as long as your motherboard is LBA compliant,....so if the drive is plugged into the LBA compliant card.....this will meet that requirement?

I know that my 200gb is now seen fully on my disk mgt. screen,....but I have read warnings that my system is still really only safe up to 137gb....data wise. I guess you cross over into a potential data corruption field without LBA compliant motherboard.


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#6
January 16, 2010 at 23:49:44
You need at least XP sp1 to properly use a 48-bit LBA drive so you should be OK there. You might be in a grey area with a non 48-bit-LBA motherboard and an OS that will see the drive. But it's a good idea to not take any chances.

For an external drive (not your situation) a person needn't worry about a 48 bit LBA bios since those drives are set up by the OS and not the bios.

As far as installing the card, I've found it best to install the card but leave the drive(s) connected to the motherboard ports. Then boot up and let XP set up the card--you won't need any additional drivers. Once the card is set up, shut down the computer and connect the drives to the card

Oh, and leave your optical (cdrom, etc.) drives connected to the motherboard port. Many of the cards don't work well with those atapi devices.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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